By Kelsey Givens
One man was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly attempted to break into two homes within a week of each other, and was caught on camera by a concerned neighbor outside one of the locations.
Joseph Hallenback, 35, was apprehended around 7:40 a.m. Saturday on charges of burglary, malicious destruction of property and trespassing after he allegedly admitted to breaking into a residence in the 200 block of East Bronco Street more than a week ago.
According to a declaration of arrest in the case, on Nov. 2, police were dispatched to the Bronco Street address for a report of a burglary not in progress.
When a Nye County Sheriff’s deputy arrived, she made contact with a neighbor who said she had seen two male adults dismantle the residence’s garage door and make entry into the home.
She thought this was suspicious as she told the officer the last tenants living in that residence had been evicted from the location in early October. The neighbor then got her camera out and was able to snap several photos of the suspects and their truck, which she showed to the deputy.
The photos reportedly showed two males inside the garage of the home, one of whom was a skinny, younger male, with brown or black hair, wearing a blue shirt, jeans, an inch-wide white wrist band on his left wrist and no shoes.
The neighbor also gave the officer the license plate number of the truck she had seen sitting outside the home during the alleged burglary.
When police examined the home’s garage door at the time, it was reported the bottom right-side was damaged.
One week later on Saturday, police received another report around 7 a.m. of a male, who the reporting party identified as Hallenback, trying to break into a home in the 500 block of Arapahoe Street. They also reported seeing a truck bearing the same license plate number as the one from the alleged burglary on Nov. 2 sitting outside the home.
As a deputy was enroute to the residence, she reportedly saw a white pickup truck traveling northbound on Red Rock Drive near State Route 372 bearing the same license plate number called in on both cases.
She then conducted a traffic stop with that vehicle and identified the driver as Hallenback.
After reading him his Miranda rights, the two began discussing the reason the officer had been called out to that area that morning.
After clearing up the Arapahoe Street case, the deputy reportedly re-Mirandized Hallenback and began questioning him about the break-in at the home on Bronco Street.
He allegedly told the deputy he had been evicted from the property on Oct. 4, and had later returned without permission and damaged the garage door and removed property from the location.
At that point, Hallenback said he no longer wished to speak with the deputy about the incident and was placed under arrest.
In addition to his alleged admission, the declaration of arrest also noted Hallenback matched the man seen in the neighbor’s photographs, all the way down to the white inch-wide band on his left wrist.
He was then transported to the Nye County Detention Center where his bail was set at $8,137. He remained in the custody of the sheriff’s office as of Tuesday morning.