Police nab burglar after car found stuck in peculiar position

ST. GEORGE — Sunday night, police arrested a St. George man on an alleged burglary attempt after his car was found stuck in a bizarre location in the same neighborhood of the attempted robbery. Adjacent to his escape route, his car was found high-centered on a utility box off the road near the sidewalk and a driveway.

At approximately 8 p.m., Sunday, St. George Police officers located Pietro Lucchetti, 42, of St. George, in the Southgate area of St. George where they had just responded to a residential alarm call and a car accident. This burglary attempt prior to the nearby car accident had tripped the home’s alarm system which was then reported to the police.

After locating Lucchetti, police found burglary tools in his possession and linked those to pry-markings and other attempted burglary evidence on a home nearby, St. George Police Public Sgt. Sam Despain said.

From the burglary evidence, officers determined Lucchetti tripped the alarm and was trying to leave the area quickly when his red Isuzu Rodeo ended up high-centered on the gray utility box, Despain said. The box was approximately four feet long and three feet high.

Police also subsequently found a substance believed to be methamphetamine on Lucchetti.

Lucchetti was booked in to the Purgatory Correctional Facility and faces two misdemeanor charges for negligent collision and possessing a burglary tool, one second-degree drug felony charge and one third-degree felony charge for burglary.  His bail currently stands at $15,633.

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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