Credit card monitoring, surveillance footage lead police to vehicle burglary suspect

ST. GEORGE – A St. George man was arrested for vehicle burglary, theft and the unlawful acquisition and use of a credit card on Wednesday.

St. George Police Department Sgt. Sam Despain said in a statement that the arrest stemmed from a vehicle burglary report in which various items, such as an iPad and wallet that had credit and debit cards in it, as well as the victim’s driver’s license, had been stolen the previous night in the area of 1600 East 2450 South in St George.

Several hours later, with assistance from the victim, SGPD officers were able to monitor the victim’s credit card and learn it was used at businesses in the city.

Officers obtained surveillance video from one of the businesses and saw a man making a purchase with the stolen credit card. They were able to identify the suspect as 20-year-old Taylor Lawrence of St. George.

Officers made contact with Lawrence and interviewed him regarding the incident. They determined he had broken into the vehicle and taken the items.

Lawrence was arrested and charged with vehicle burglary, a class-A misdemeanor, unlawful acquiring of a finance card and unlawful use of a finance card, both third-degree felonies, and theft, a class-B misdemeanor, and was booked in the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility. Bailcurrently stands at $12,526.

Ed. note: Persons charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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