Vehicle burglar busted after leaving his keys in alleged victim’s car

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WASHINGTON CITY — A St. George man’s crime spree failed to go off without a hitch Saturday when he was arrested after accidentally leaving his own car keys in one of several vehicles he had allegedly burglarized in a Washington City neighborhood.

William Michael Leavitt, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Feb. 13, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
William Michael Leavitt, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Feb. 13, 2016 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Officers responded to a vehicle burglary in which the owner reported several items had been stolen from his vehicle but a set of keys had been left on his driver’s seat, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the arrest.

With the keys in hand, an officer drove through the neighborhood while repeatedly pressing the panic button on the Ford key fob. The gray Ford Focus the keys belonged to was found parked along a curb a mere two blocks away.

The officer knocked on the doors of three nearby houses with each of the residents saying they didn’t know who the car belonged to and that they had never seen it there before, the report stated.

According to the vehicle’s registration, the car belonged to 24-year-old William Michael Leavitt. A warrant to search the locked Ford Focus was issued and police located numerous stolen items inside while various other vehicle burglary reports in the neighborhood came in.

While searching for Leavitt’s whereabouts, officers learned that Leavitt was being detained for questioning by the St. George Police Department for his alleged involvement in the burglary of a home on Foremaster Ridge in St. George Sunday.

Leavitt was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

He was charged with three third-degree felonies for unlawful acquisition of a finance card and possession of another’s identifying documents; four class A misdemeanor counts of burglary of a vehicle; and six class B misdemeanors for theft and possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia.

Leavitt made his initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon in 5th District Court.

Persons arrested or 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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2 Comments

  • ladybugavenger February 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    surrender and hang up the keys. Throw in the towel to your criminal lifestyle. One of St George’s dumbest criminals

  • sagemoon February 17, 2016 at 9:09 am

    Yep, he’s a dummy. Ha, ha! And he’s too old to be going car hopping. Get a job!

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