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Witness tips off police to suspected lumber thief

Witness tips off police to suspected lumber thief



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Team coveragePolice nabbed a suspected thief overnight thanks to a Good Samaritan.

Officers say Roberto Salvador Casarez jumped a fence and found a truck with the keys inside at a lumberyard in West Jordan.

Midvale police Sgt. Marcelo Rapela says the guy took a truck full of wood from a lumberyard. He spilled most of the load, and a witness tried to help. Rapela says, "When the suspect took off in the truck after being advised of the lost load, the witness then began to suspect that there was something awry."

Witness tips off police to suspected lumber thief

The suspect abandoned the truck in Midvale, but police tracked him down minutes later. He had the truck keys in his pocket.

Detectives say Casarez could be responsible for other burglaries in the area.

Casarez could now face a felony charge for business burglary, another one for vehicle theft and a misdemeanor for fleeing from police.

He also has approximately $40,000 in warrants.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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