Determined business owner follows alleged thief 30 miles to retrieve stolen merchandise

A Littlefield, Arizona, business owner followed a man for approximately 30 miles until authorities could detain him after the man allegedly stole from his repair shop, St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2015 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News

ST. GEORGE – A man’s odds were stacked against him Wednesday when he decided to steal a pricey saw from the wrong business owner, who subsequently followed the man for approximately 30 miles until authorities could detain him.

Homero Duran Duran, of Fayette, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 11, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Homero Duran Duran, of Fayette, Utah, booking photo posted Nov. 11, 2015 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Just before noon, 39-year-old Homero Duran Duran allegedly stole a STIHL concrete cutting saw valued at $650 from Glen’s Mobile Repair shop in Littlefield, Arizona.

The owner of the repair shop contacted authorities and was fast on Duran’s tail, following him from Littlefield onto Interstate 15 and into St. George, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of Duran’s arrest.

Just prior to Exit 4 on northbound I-15, Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies pulled Duran over in his Kia SUV, which was smoking from the hood, presumably from reaching high speeds on the freeway while attempting to flee with the stolen saw, according to a deputy at the scene.

The business owner was able to identify the saw and Duran as being the one who took it.

Homero Duran Duran is detained by Mohave County Sheriff's deputies along Interstate 15 for allegedly stealing from a Littlefield, Arizona, repair shop, St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2015 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News
Homero Duran Duran is detained by Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies along Interstate 15 for allegedly stealing from a Littlefield, Arizona, repair shop, St. George, Utah, Nov. 11, 2015 | Photo by Michael Durrant, St. George News

Duran, who provided authorities with a Mexico identification card and said he does not speak English, was arrested and charged with a class A misdemeanor for theft by receiving stolen property.

Duran told authorities he had only been in the United States for a month, the probable cause statement said.

He was transported and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on one class A misdemeanor charge of theft by receiving stolen property.

His court arraignment in 5th District Court was scheduled for Thursday but has been continued until Friday afternoon, according to court documents.

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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7 Comments

  • Real Life November 13, 2015 at 6:36 am

    These ILLEGALS sure do contribute to our society.

    • .... November 13, 2015 at 10:36 am

      Some of these illegals actually do contribute to society more than some Americans do.

  • MicrowavedHamster November 13, 2015 at 6:55 am

    I’m just going to come to your country and steal your stuff, okay?

    • .... November 13, 2015 at 10:34 am

      Well. you better do it before Trump becomes president

  • sagemoon November 13, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Yay for the business owner!

  • Brian November 13, 2015 at 8:37 am

    He was just “Hungry Like The Wolf” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oOg5VxrRTi0) because he’s one of “The Wild Boys”. He had “Come Undone” so he had no hope, “Save a Prayer”. He didn’t mean to steal, it was just “The Reflex” of a “Notorious” Mexican criminal.

  • DB November 13, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Senor Duran is only 39 years old? Ouch, looks more like 59.

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