Price police apprehend suspects in multiple alleged auto burglary incidents
|Unlocked doors are an open invitation for vehicle burglaries. Price police apprehended three suspects in connection with a string of alleged burglaries spanning several months. Carbon County residents are urged to secure vehicles and keep valuables out of sight or remove the property from unattended automobiles.|
Three male suspects, two juveniles and an 18-year-old adult, were arrested in the early morning of March 12 following what Price law enforcement officials are classifying as weekend string of alleged vehicle burglaries.
On the nights of March 10 and March 11, city police indicated that various items were purportedly stolen from at least 14 vehicles in the north Price area.
In the early morning of March 12, Officer Scott Olsen noticed fresh footprints in recently fallen snow, according to Price City Police Department officials.
The Price police officer reportedly discovered that the footprints led from driveway to driveway, stopping at the doors of parked cars.
As Olsen followed the tracks, the police officers discovered some reportedly stolen property that appeared to have been abandoned in the driveway of one residence.
As he continued following the footprints, Olsen reportedly tracked the trail of the suspects to a hiding place in a yard in north Price, where the police officer arrested 16-year-old Jonathan Pitchford and an unidentificed 15-year-old male subject.
After further investigation, 18-year-old Billy Joe Click was also arrested for the subject's alleged involvement in the Friday night vehicle burglaries.
The two juveniles were transported to the Price detention center, while Click was booked into the Carbon County Jail in connection with the alleged vehicle burlary incidents.
Price police reported that the suspects allegedly attempted to open approximately 140 vehicle doors during the designated time period.
With one exception, the three males reportedly entered only unlocked vehicles.
In total, the suspects reportedly entered about 25 vehicles, allegedly taking items from about 14 of them.
In addition to the items reportedly stolen during the weekend incidents, police recovered property listed as missing from alleged burglaries that have occurred in the north Price area during the past few months.
The Price City Police Department still have unclaimed property listed as missing from the alleged burglaries, said Chief Aleck Shilaos.
Since the arrests, Shilaos indicated that Price residents have also turned in property believed to have been abandoned before law enforcement authorities apprehended the suspects.
Residents who are missing items they believe were stolen during the alleged burglaries, should file reports with Price police. In addition, those who discover items which may have been abandoned after the alleged crimes should contact the police department. All individuals are reminded to keep unoccupied vehicles locked at all times.
Shilaos also reminded city residents that the police department office have moved to a new facility at 900 North and 700 East. Phone numbers remain unchanged from those at the former headquarters.
Numerous stolen items were recovered that are connected to the weekend vehicle burglary spree, as well as from numerous vehicle burglaries occurring over the last several months.