HURRICANE – A kind deed didn’t go unpunished for one Hurricane man early Friday morning after a man he had just given a glass of water to took off in his SUV.
Around 6:35 a.m., a Nissan Xterra was stolen from the driveway of a Hurricane residence.
The owner of the Nissan had started the SUV and was waiting for it to warm up when a man approached him and asked for a glass of water, according to a media statement issued by the Hurricane City Police Department Friday afternoon.
The owner of the SUV gave the man a glass of water and then walked toward the residence to talk to his wife. He then found the glass of water on the porch and that his vehicle was gone.
“The vehicle was unlocked at the time of the theft,” the Police Department said, “because the owner was out with it for most of the time. For that split moment the owner was distracted, the suspect took off with the vehicle.”
About an hour later, at approximately 7:42 a.m., Washington County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of a suspicious person in LaVerkin, according to the statement. Deputies arrived and found a man matching the description of the suspect who had stolen the vehicle.
The suspect, who was identified as 40-year-old Bobby Allen Garcia, of St. George, was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on a charge of second-degree felony theft of a motor vehicle.
The stolen SUV was located in the area of 80 South and 100 East in LaVerkin.
“Fortunately,” police said, “the vehicle was recovered in a short amount of time and no one was injured. This was due to citizens reporting suspicious activity.”
The Police Department said the incident serves as a reminder of the importance of keeping vehicles locked at all times.
“This incident shows how quickly someone can steal a vehicle,” the department said. “Unfortunately, our small community is turning into a large community and we cannot be as trusting as we once were.”
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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