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County Sheriff’s Report

Compiled by Patrick Parkinson

Detectives wearing street clothes while patrolling the Tanger Outlet Center arrested two suspected shoplifters after a short pursuit at Kimball Junction Dec. 1.

"There were a lot of people," Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Dorman said about the number of holiday shoppers in the area. " It was very busy."

While watching for thieves, the officers "observed three individuals who looked as though they were just finishing loading some stolen merchandise into a car," Dorman said, about three suspects who had just left the Old Navy store.

The driver of the vehicle, however, attempted to evade deputies when officers followed him from the outlet mall to the Redstone Towne Center, Dorman said, adding that the pursuit began around 11:10 a.m.

"It ended over by Washington Mutual," Dorman said. "The three individuals bailed out of the van and ran in different directions."

Deputies reportedly closed in with a perimeter around the area and within a few hours had located two of the suspects with the help of a K-9 unit.

"Both of the two who were apprehended had prior criminal histories and one had a warrant for his arrest for burglary," Dorman said, adding that one of the suspects, an illegal immigrant, had re-entered the United States after he was deported.

The third suspect hasn’t been located, Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds said, adding that the group of men, who are from Southern California, had planned to stay five days in western Summit County.

"They came here for the expressed purpose of robbing the outlets blind, and not only did we get them the first day of the operation, we got them the first store they went in," Edmunds said, adding that roughly $1,000 worth of stolen clothing items were recovered from the suspects. "They have networks and we know for a fact that there were other people who knew that they were up here and probably some higher level people who had sent them here."

Detectives investigate alleged rape

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t confirm Monday whether the victim of a rape reported last month knows her alleged attacker.

"A physician at the [University of Utah] clinic at Redstone called and reported that a female had possibly been sexually assaulted," Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Dorman said about a call a disaptcher received Nov. 29 at 9:44 a.m. "It’s gone over to the detectives office. It’s still classified as a rape."

Car stolen from outlet mall

A Honda Accord was recovered around 11 p.m. Nov. 30 after deputies say the car was stolen from a parking lot at Tanger Outlet Center at Kimball Junction.

"The car was recovered after five hours in an apartment complex parking lot," said Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Dorman, who added that the vehicle was located at the Powderwood condominiums after it was stolen at roughly 6 p.m. "A deputy was in the area patrolling, looking for it, and found it there."

The car was returned to the owner and the case is under investigation, Dorman said, adding that the owner’s checkbook and a ski pass were allegedly stolen from inside the car.

"A lot of people have not realized they’ve got to lock their stuff up here as well as any where else," Dorman said.

Truck rolls over near Echo

Two people escaped serious injuries Nov. 28 when the Nissan pickup truck they were riding in rolled on westbound Interstate 80 near Echo Canyon at roughly 10 a.m.

One person was transported via ambulance for treatment at a hospital in Ogden, while the other occupant of the vehicle was treated and released at the scene, Summit County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Dorman said.

"It doesn’t look like it was super serious," he said, adding that the occupants complained of head and neck injuries.

Henefer party ends in fight, arrests

Two men were arrested and charged with misdemeanors for intoxication and obstruction of justice after a fight broke out during a party in Henefer on Dec. 2 at roughly 4:30 a.m.

"A couple of people who were intoxicated got into a fight and one of them broke windows out of a door and cut their hand," Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mike Dorman said.

After deputies located the suspects walking along a road in North Summit, they refused to give officers the address of the party, Dorman said.

"The deputies followed the blood trail back to the party," he said, adding that two juveniles at the party were cited for alcohol-related offenses.

Fight between inmates quickly diffused

Sheriff’s Office deputies quickly quelled a fight between inmates at the Summit County Jail Nov. 25 at 3:33 p.m.

"A number of inmates got into a fight and the corrections deputies stepped in and shut it down right away," Dorman said. "They have a protocol and they go in and get it shut down pretty quickly."


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