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Investigators call Utah-Idaho crime spree among largest they’ve seen

Group of five thieves believed responsible for close to 200 incidents.

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"Obviously there’s a myth and perception the border will stop us from pursuing violators into a different state," he said. "Once a month we get together with all the administrators in the area. That’s part of what assists in clearing it up. It laid a lot of people’s minds at ease when they found those Utah kids."

Garbett said the difficulty has been sorting through which man is responsible for what because not every man was involved in every crime. Cache County prosecutors, meanwhile, are weighing whether to seek to certify the juvenile, who was allegedly involved in at least one home invasion robbery and is being held at juvenile detention facility in Utah, as an adult.

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Closed crimes


Cache County




Franklin County, Idaho


Preston, Idaho


Chubbuck, Idaho

Source: Cache County Sheriff’s Office

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"They were very busy," Garbett said. "They were all pretty young. What a way to get involved in the criminal justice system at that age. What a doozy. I’d imagine they’re going to be locked up for a while."


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