Police looking for suspect after he allegedly used a U-Haul to commit theft

Aug 21, 2022, 5:40 PM
Riverton Police are searching for a suspect they say used a U-Haul as a get-a-way car....
Riverton Police are searching for a suspect they say used a U-Haul as a get-a-way car. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)
(AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)

BLUFFDALE, Utah — Riverton police are looking for a man they say was using a U-Haul to steal packages off of people’s porches and burglarize vehicles.

Police say they received several reports of vehicle burglaries and porch pirates (individuals who steal packages off of other people’s porches) in a Riverton neighborhood since Saturday, Aug. 20. In addition to this, they say they have seen surveillance videos from residents related to the burglaries and theft. The surveillance videos show, according to police, people using a U-Haul to assist them in these crimes.

Following these reports, police spotted the U-Haul in the area of 1300 W. 13200 S., early Sunday morning. Police then followed the vehicle. Officers attempted to make contact with the U-Haul, but before they could, a female suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Police were able to detain her and take her into custody.

After this, police say, the male suspect driving fled south on 1300 W in the U-Haul.

Police later discovered the vehicle crashed in a field in Bluffdale. They searched the area utilizing dogs, drones and a helicopter.

The suspect was spotted by a Bluffdale citizen fleeing through their backyard, police say.

Riverton Police Department says it is aware of the suspect’s identity and that he will be charged once detained.

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