ST. GEORGE — Two St. George men were arrested late evening Thursday on felony theft charges for stealing golf carts from various golf courses in St. George.
St. George police officers were asked to respond to 1825 West Mathis Park in St. George to investigate a case of felony theft with related incidents, according to a statement written by St. George Police Detective Terrance Taylor in support of the arrest. Officers made contact with a man who reported that he had recently purchased a golf cart that he had found posted in an online advertisement that listed the golf cart in St. George.
The man said he purchased the golf cart from a man identified as Curtis Bryner, 19, who lived at a specified address on the 1800 block of West Mathis Park in St. George. According to the statement, the man paid Bryner $200 in cash as well as traded a 40 caliber pistol, estimated at $400, for the purchase of the golf cart.
The golf cart was then found to be stolen out of St. George. Follow-up information provided by the person who bought the stolen golf cart online led investigators to positively identify suspect Bryner as well as alleged accomplice Cecil Tuua, 19. Both Bryner and Tuua were at the residence where the transaction had occurred, according to the statement.
“We conducted interviews with the suspects who confessed to having stolen a Golf Cart from Oasis Palms,” Taylor wrote in the statement, “they said they had stolen other Golf Carts at various locations in St. George.”
Upon further interview, Tuua and Bryner acknowledged the recent sale of the golf cart, that they had advertised online, for cash and the pistol.
“They confessed to having stolen this cart from South Gate Golf Course,” Taylor wrote. This golf cart had been valued at $2,300.
After Tuua and Bryner consented to a search of the house and vehicle, investigators located the pistol and recovered the $200 from Bryner who advised investigators that there was a stolen golf cart inside of the garage, according to the statement, and this golf cart was found to be stolen from Oasis Palms Apartment Complex and valued at $5,000.
A stolen flatbed single-axle trailer, with a reported value of $1,000, was also discovered parked in the driveway in front of the house.
“The suspects stated they had found the trailer and had not stolen it but also stated they thought it was possibly stolen,” Taylor wrote in the statement. “The suspects admitted they had used the trailer to transport stolen Golf Carts to their residence for storage.”
Tuua and Bryner were arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
Tuua and Bryner were each charged with one second-degree felony for theft of the golf cart valued at $5,000, one third-degree felony for theft of the golf cart valued at $2,300, a class A misdemeanor for possession of stolen property and a class A misdemeanor for theft by deception.
In addition to the above charges, Bryner was charged with a class A misdemeanor for theft and a third-degree felony for theft.
According to bookings information Tuua’s current bail stands at $18,700, and Bryner’s current bail stands at $25,550.
Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.
Editor’s note: The ages of Tuua and Bryner have been corrected.
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