Parowan Mayor facing theft charge

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CEDAR CITY, Utah, March 12, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — The Mayor of Parowan is facing a charge of theft after he allegedly took inventory from a previous employer at an unauthorized discounted rate.

A news release Tuesday afternoon from Cedar City Police Department spokesman Sgt. Clint Pollock said in December of 2018, the Parowan Police Department requested the CCPD investigate a conflict case regarding a theft allegation involving Parowan Mayor Preston Griffiths.

“Griffiths is accused of taking inventory from a previous employer at a discounted rate, for which he was not authorized,” the news release said. The news release does not say who that previous employer is.

The Cedar City Police Department investigated the allegation and found evidence to support the theft allegation. The Cedar City Police Department presented the case to the Iron County Attorney’s Office for review and they found probable cause to issue a summons. Griffiths has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor theft for the value being more than $500 but less than $1,500.

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Griffiths became Mayor of Parowan in February 2018, according to IronCountyToday.com. He served 21 years as a police officer in Parowan with the last nine years as Chief of Police.

Parowan is approximately 20 miles northeast of Cedar City.

Gephardt Daily will have more on this developing story as information is made available.

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