Mesquite crime spree weekend ends in arrests

MESQUITE, Nev. – The Mesquite Police Department arrested a man from St. George accused of a string of burglaries from Jan. 17-19. An Arizona man also believed to be connected to the crimes was arrested in Tucson, Ariz., Saturday morning.

Mesquite was bustling with car enthusiasts attending the Mesquite Motor Mania event, players and spectators here for the UYSA Soccer Presidents Cup, and the normal flow of visitors in and out of the city.  The streets were filled with traffic, no vacancy signs posted in hotels, and restaurants were filled to capacity. The Mesquite police were busier than normal with their duties, which always accompany these events.

On the evening of Jan. 17, calls  related to property crimes began pouring in and continued hammering the phone lines throughout the weekend. There were 21 property related crimes ranging from multiple stolen vehicles, burglaries, property damage, merchandise thefts and even stolen bicycles, were perpetrated throughout the city. Detectives were called to process crime scenes and patrol officers were placed on high alert.

On Jan. 19, an alert patrol sergeant spotted a suspicious van near the entrance to a gated community. As the sergeant attempted to maneuver his patrol vehicle around the landscaped median, the suspicious van sped away, resulting in the driver losing control and crashing. By the time the sergeant arrived at the site of crash, the driver had fled on foot. The sergeant discovered the van had been recently reported as stolen. The crashed van was found filled with property stolen from recent burglaries. An investigation of the crash scene led detectives to multiple leads with possible suspects.

In the early morning Jan. 20, more calls reporting property crimes lit up the phone lines. Patrol officers and detectives quickly continued collecting evidence, which led to officers locating stolen property hidden throughout the city. Shortly after noon, an observant patrol officer discovered a male adult acting suspicious in a local business parking lot. The male was found to be in possession of a stolen vehicle from St. George. The vehicle in his possession was filled with items that were stolen throughout the weekend from Mesquite homes and businesses.

The adult male was identified as Jeffery Paget, 21, of St. George. He was placed under arrest and charged with burglary, possession of a stolen vehicle, possession of a stolen firearm, ex-felon in possession of a firearm, possession of stolen property, possession of a stolen credit cards, obtaining a credit card without consent, receiving stolen property, theft, destruction of property, grand larceny, theft from a motor vehicle and possession of methamphetamine. Additional charges against Paget relating to the crimes are pending.

Further investigation found Paget was not working alone.The Mesquite Police Department identified a second suspect as Robert Trask, 53, of Tucson, Ariz. The police confirmed that Trask was early Saturday morning by Tucson police officials. he was found in possession of a vehicle reported stolen out of Mesquite. Trask will be facing felony charges similar to those of his co-conspirator Paget for the crimes perpetrated in Mesquite.

Chief of Police Troy Tanner credits the resolution of this weekend crime spree, due to the cooperative effort between patrol officers and detectives.

“With the sheer number of cases we investigated this weekend, it takes numerous man hours from the beginning to the end to ensure justice is served and stolen property is returned to the rightful owner,” Tanner said.

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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  • OMG January 25, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    Notice how the police didn’t have to stop somebody in the car and say they smelled something suspicious before they searched. This is real police work.

  • bub January 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm

    And of course it’s always related to drugs. I have to wonder if the ‘war on drugs’ isn’t kept going because there are billions of dollars to be made off it by private gov’t contracted firms like there is with the wars in the middle east. Our government and law enforcement has proven absolutely inept at containing the drug abuse problem not only in Utah but nationwide.

  • S January 26, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Just the the “the war on drugs”, there is a war on idiots that keep the conversations filled with uneducated comments. Every time a new idiot is corrected of his addition to ignorance, then next young addict fills his shoes. Much like the drug scenario. Either way, there will always be a need for those to protect the public from the idiots and drug addicts. I appreciate those that put their life on the line for each of us everyday to make this place as nice as it is.

    • bub January 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm

      Yep sit in your little corner and be perfectly content because nothing ever needs to change huh? If only st george were the center of the universe…

    • MShabazz January 26, 2014 at 2:13 pm

      Yes, and fortunately, in Mesquite we have REAL Police officers who do REAL police work. Unlike our counterparts on the other end of the gorge.

    • Joanna January 27, 2014 at 9:36 am

      “…corrected of his addition to his ignorance…” <== I think that phrase adequately showcases the profound irony here.

  • Silence Dogood January 28, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    Here is proof that drugs should not be legalized. Drug addicts commit other crimes. In this. case they were stealing all kinds of stuff. When are proponents of legalizing drugs going to notice that the majority of property crimes are committed by drug addicts? How would legalizing drugs make these crimes go down?

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