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Utah fugitive car thief nabbed in Boise, Idaho

Published November 14, 2013 11:20 am

Crime • Chase earlier this month involved two stolen trucks, store evacuation.
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Idaho authorities confirmed Thursday that a suspected car thief who gave Salt Lake City-area police the slip earlier this month had been arrested in a Boise motel.

Boise police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower said the 31-year-old Bountiful man was to appear in Ada County's 4th District Court on Thursday afternoon. He faces Idaho charges ranging from felony grand thief and possession of a controlled substance, to misdemeanor counts of possession an unlicensed concealed weapon and providing false information to police.

The suspect reportedly came to the attention of Boise police Wednesday night following a report that a stolen credit card had been used at the motel. He was identified as the user of the card and arrested, and also found to have been driving a stolen car and in possession of firearm.

On Nov. 6, the man allegedly stole two vehicles — a pickup truck that he crashed and a construction truck he then found nearby with the keys inside — on a chase throughout West Valley City and southwest Salt Lake City. He ditched the second vehicle and ran into a Home Depot store at 300 West and 2100 South, but a subsequent store evacuation and manhunt failed to locate him.

Charlie Roberts, a spokesman with the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, said the chase begun when his agency tried to arrest the suspect in West Valley City, where he had been spotted with a stolen truck.

The suspect also was wanted for allegedly trying to run down two police officers earlier, Roberts said.

Utah prosecutors will request extradition of the suspect from Idaho authorities.

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