Driving truck off car lot earns pair a ride to county jail

Hurricane City Police, stock image | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
Daniel Roundy, of Hildale, Utah, booking photo | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – Two men who drove a truck off a car lot in the middle of the night ended up having themselves driven to the county jail by police the next day.

Bret Rasmussen, 57, of Hurricane, and Daniel Roundy, 29, of Hildale, were taken into custody by Hurricane City Police officers Sunday night for an alleged vehicle theft the night before.

According to police records, the men visited an unnamed car dealership Nov. 5 and were drawn to a 1990 GMC S10 pickup truck. The two got in the truck and sat inside it for several minutes, then got out and left the car lot.

They returned around 2 a.m. Sunday and got back in the same truck and drove it off the car lot.

Bret Rasmussen, of Hurricane, Utah, booking photo | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

“The vehicle did not require keys to start,” according to police records.

The truck apparently has ignition problems that allowed for a keyless start, Hurricane City Police Officer Ken Thompson said Tuesday.

The truck was driven to St. George and then back to Hurricane where Rasmussen was dropped off. Roundy then took it to Hildale where it was subsequently located by police.

Both men were taken to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility and each face a second-degree felony charge for theft.

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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1 Comment

  • Caveat_Emptor November 14, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    I have to wonder why these two dimwits would steal a 27 year old wanna-be pick up truck……..
    Perhaps they were impaired, and did not recognize the criminal consequences of stealing something valued less than $2K.

    Our LEOs deal with folks who exhibit intellectual deficits on a regular basis. If you think it is easy to deal with the bottom of the IQ distribution on a regular basis, you are mistaken. I hope the deputies get to deal with a white collar crime, or two, to make up for these “gimmies”. They need to keep their investigative skills sharpened….

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