Man who allegedly tried to steal truck in St. George held at gunpoint by owner

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ST. GEORGE, Utah, April 9, 2021 (Gephardt Daily) — A man who allegedly tried to steal a truck in St. George was held at gunpoint by the owner, police said.

A probable cause statement from the 5th District Court of Washington County said Jacob Darwin Jensen, 24, is facing charges of:

  • Four counts of unlawful acquisition/possession/transfer of a financial card, a third-degree felony
  • Burglary of a vehicle, a class A misdemeanor
  • Possession of another’s identity documents, a class A misdemeanor

On Tuesday, officers were dispatched to EcoGreen landscaping, at 3784 S. 1500 East in St. George on a report of a vehicle burglary.

“The reporting party advised dispatch that they had observed a male breaking into one of their trucks, and they had him at gunpoint waiting for officers to get there,” the statement said. The arresting officer placed the man who allegedly tried to break into the truck, later identified as Jensen, in handcuffs.

When the officer searched the suspect, items including a Bluetooth speaker, two wallets, and multiple knives were found on his person. The wallets contained five different credit cards.

The suspect was placed in the back of the officer’s patrol vehicle and was read his Miranda rights.

“I asked him what he was doing with the stolen items and where he got them, and he advised he got them from the white truck in the parking lot,” the statement said. “He admitted to knowing that there would be valuable items in there, and said that one of his friends told him where to find the truck, though he did not give the friend’s name.”

Jensen said he did not attempt to gain access to any other vehicles in the area, and specifically targeted this truck.

The suspect was transported to the Washington County Jail, where he was subsequently ordered to be released with conditions.

Jensen was on probation or parole at the time of the incident.


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