Public Safety Report
February 23, 2012
by Times-Independent Staff
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A local resident escaped injury after rear-ending a Ford Explorer that had stalled in the roadway on I-70 last week. Both vehicles were damaged but no injuries were reported in the two-car crash. 
Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol
A local resident escaped injury after rear-ending a Ford Explorer that had stalled in the roadway on I-70 last week. Both vehicles were damaged but no injuries were reported in the two-car crash. Photo courtesy of the Utah Highway Patrol
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Police investigate hit-and-run

A Moab woman contacted the Moab City Police Department on Feb. 13 to report that her 2007 Toyota had been damaged while parked in the parking lot of a local grocery store. The woman told police that whoever caused the damage had left the scene and did not leave a note or other information, according to a police report.

Investigating officers noted that the left rear bumper on the vehicle was damaged and white residue was visible on the bumper, according to the report. The vehicle’s owner told police that it was the second time in the past few months that her car had been damaged in the parking lot, according to the report.

GCHS students report thefts

Two 15-year-old female students at Grand County High School told police on Feb. 9 that electronics had been stolen from their bags while they were in the girls’ locker room at the high school.

One girl reported the theft of a pink iPod Touch with a cracked screen, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department. The other girl also reported the theft of an iPod Touch that was silver in color, according to the report. Both thefts reportedly occurred on the same day. The iPods were valued at $100.

Credit card machine damaged at car wash

The owners of a local car wash contacted police on Feb. 11 to report that someone had vandalized a credit card machine at the facility. An employee of the car wash told police that the credit card machine was not working properly when he closed for the night on Feb. 10 so he placed tape across the opening with a message that the machine was out of order. He said that when he came to work the next morning, he found the machine had been vandalized, according to a report from the Moab City Police Department.

Investigators reported that someone had apparently used a club to break out the “stop” button on the machine and then filled the machine with water, shorting out the electrical components, according to the police report.

The machine was valued at $1,800, according to the report.

Traffic stop nabs car thieves

Four North Carolina men were arrested Feb. 18 after a Utah Highway Patrol trooper stopped the 2009 Pontiac Vibe in which they were riding for speeding. The vehicle was reported stolen out of North Carolina and a search of the vehicle also found cocaine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia, according to a UHP report.

The incident occurred at about 8 a.m. near mile marker 204 on Interstate 70 at Cisco, according to the report.

The four men, all in their 20s, were arrested and booked into the Grand County Jail, where they face a variety of charges related to drug possession and vehicle theft, according to the report.

Drivers escape injury in two-car crash

A Moab woman and another local resident escaped injury during a two-car crash on Interstate 70 on Feb. 17. The woman, 41, was traveling east on I-70 when the 1997 Ford Explorer she was driving experienced mechanical failures and stalled in the roadway, according to a report from the Utah Highway Patrol. Another Moab resident who was traveling behind her was unable to stop and rear-ended the Explorer, according to the UHP report.

The crash occurred at about 9 a.m. near mile marker 190 on I-70, according to the report.

Man arrested on outstanding warrant

A Moab man was arrested Feb. 18 after a license check during a traffic stop for an equipment violation turned up an outstanding warrant for the driver, according to a report from the Utah Highway Patrol. A UHP trooper stopped the 2000 Plymouth Neon the man was driving in town at about midnight.

The man, 20, was booked into Grand County Jail.


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