UPDATED: Police Discover Statewide Thefts in Storage Unit


A neighbor’s concerned phone call Saturday night lead to the discovery of stolen items from across the state Tuesday afternoon.

Sgt.Bill Barnes with the Price City Police Department reported that a concerned citizen called in a suspicious truck in the neighborhood of 1600 E. 500 S. in Price on Saturday at 10:45p.m.

“The neighbor reported to dispatch aВ suspiciousВ pick-up truck that was driving to a nearby construction site of the USU Eastern construction program, picking up equipment and supplies and leaving,” said Barnes.”What the neighbor found to be suspicious was the driver would leave for only a minute and come right back to make another pick-up.”

Price City Police then sent an officer toВ investigate and when the officer tried to approach the suspect, he immediately got in his truck and sped away from the scene. The chase was short but dangerous Barnes reported, stating the suspect was driving with no headlights. The suspect was soon stopped, and found to be in possesion of construction particle board from the scene and taken into custody. 35-year-old Joseph L. Robinett was charged with theft, felony evading and numerous other traffic violations associated with the chase.

Officers then wondered where the suspect had taken the other stolen materials from the construction site? After searching the area, police found evidence of what could have been particle board at the nearbyВ StorageВ Unit Park N’ Stor off Highway 6 in front of unit #11. The department made a call to the registered renter, who was the suspect’s girlfriend. She gave police permission to search the contents inside.

After opening the unit Carbon County Sheriff Deputies and Price City Police discovered more stolen construction items including: materials from the USU Eastern construction site; windows confirmed stolen from a South Jordan site; and numerous other items which may be connected with local residential thefts.

Price City Police are asking the public to identify if some of this property may belong to area residents. If anything appears familiar, call the Price City Police Department at (435)636-3190.

The theft is still under investigation, and other suspects may be taken into custody.

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