Failing to crack safe in Maverik, man grabs goodies and flees, police say

File photo, St. George News

ST. GEORGE A Texas man is in jail after police say he locked himself in the manager’s office of a convenience store early Tuesday morning, unsuccessfully tried to break into the safe, then stuffed some merchandise into his backpack and fled.

He was located three hours later by officers responding to a suspicious person call at a motel less than a mile away.

Booking photo of Hans Garrick Balders, of Marlin, Texas, Washington County, Utah, Oct. 9, 2018 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Hans Garrick Balders, 28, of Marlin, Texas, was booked into Purgatory Correctional Facility for multiple offenses, including one third-degree felony count of burglary-non-dwelling.

He was also charged with one count of false personal information with intent to be another actual person and one count of possession of ID document, both class A misdemeanors, along with one count of retail theft under $500, a class B misdemeanor, according to court documents.

The charges stem from an incident that began shortly after midnight when officers were dispatched to Maverik – Adventure’s First Stop at 995 St. George Blvd. for a report of a man who put approximately $80 worth of product in his backpack before fleeing the store. 

Officers viewed surveillance footage that showed the suspect, later identified as Balders, enter the store and proceed to the manager’s office, locking the door behind him, the report says.

Map depicting distance between the Maverik convenience store where Hans Balders allegedly stole merchandise and the Ramada Inn where he was arrested, St. George, Utah, Oct. 10, 2018 | Image courtesy of Google Earth, St. George News

Balders attempted to open the safe but was unsuccessful. He then placed merchandise in his backpack before being confronted by store employees, at which time he fled the store without paying for the items.

Officers were unable to locate him in the area.

Three hours later, officers were dispatched to a report of a suspicious male at the Ramada Inn at 1440 St. George Blvd. While speaking with the man, they recognized him from the surveillance footage and asked him for his name.

“The man proceeded to grab a social security card from his backpack and read the name to me,” the officer said in the report.

When the officer asked for a photo ID the man provided a Texas driver’s license that identified him as Hans Balders.

Balders told police he didn’t provide his real name initially because “he was worried that he was in trouble,” according to the report

Police say Balders confessed to taking the items without paying for them, then retrieved the merchandise from his backpack and handed it over to police.

He is being held in jail without bail and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 15.

Police declined to comment on the investigation.

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2 Comments

  • Mike P October 10, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Good ‘ole boy just trying to make ends meet?

  • Carpe Diem October 11, 2018 at 6:49 am

    Adventure’s First Stop – but not his last.

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