Charges: Man steals longboard because mom won't give him money

Charges: Man steals longboard because mom won't give him money

(Salt Lake County Jail)

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SALT LAKE CITY — A Salt Lake man is facing a felony charge after police say he stole a longboard because his mother refused to give him money to buy one.

Vincent Chacon, 32, was charged Tuesday in 3rd District Court with aggravated robbery, a first-degree felony.

According to court documents, Chacon walked into Zumiez at City Creek Center, 50 S. Main, wearing a ski mask on Friday, picked up a longboard valued at about $190 and started walking out the store.

When the assistant manager tried to stop him, Chacon said “Don’t get shot!” several times and reached into his pocket, the charges state. The assistant manager then let go of the board and Chacon left the store, according to the charges. The incident was captured on the store’s surveillance camera.

The next day, Chacon turned himself in to police, according to a police affidavit.

When interviewed by officers, Chacon said he took the board “because his mother would not give him money to purchase a longboard,” the charges state.

Chacon is a documented gang member, police noted.

In 2014, Chacon was charged with two counts of aggravated robbery after allegedly robbing two people and firing two shots in the process, according to charging documents. No one was injured. The case was later dismissed after prosecutors were unable to proceed, court records state.


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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.


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