Booking photo for Travis Goodwin (Courtesy: Cache County Jail)
LOGAN — A 51-year-old Lewiston man has been bound over on two of the five criminal cases against him. Travis Goodwin was arrested earlier this year on suspicion of numerous thefts and burglaries.
Goodwin appeared in 1st District Court Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing. He has been charged with 38 felonies or misdemeanors.
In January, deputies received a report of an individual tampering with mailboxes. Cache County residents claimed they had seen the man driving away in a green Jeep Grand Cherokee in the Smithfield City area.
Deputies were able to stop a vehicle matching that description in Richmond and took Goodwin into custody.
Detectives later learned that Goodwin was suspected of multiple thefts of mail from mailboxes as well as burglarizing at least two storage units in North Logan. The alleged victims in those cases were contacted and able to identify their property that was in the suspect’s possession.
During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Judge Brian Cannell ruled that prosecutors had presented sufficient evidence to bind Goodwin over on two of the cases. However, prosecutors were unable to present evidence in two of the remaining cases because the investigator was out of town.
The last case alleged that Goodwin stole a wallet, with debt and credit cards inside that he used to make purchases at a department store and convenience store. Although a deputy testified that the suspect admitted to stealing a wallet and making several transactions, Judge Cannell said the evidence didn’t point to the specific wallet stolen. He continued the hearing to allow prosecutors to present more evidence later.
Cache County Deputy Attorney Barbara Lachmar told the court that Goodwin had a lengthy criminal history in Idaho, including escaping from custody. She called the suspect a danger to the community and flight risk.
Judge Cannell lowered Goodwin’s bail to $5,000. He set the next preliminary hearing for March 11.
Goodwin spoke only briefly, telling the court that he had been clean from drugs until recently relapsing. He said he had successfully completed probation for his prior convictions in Idaho.