ST. GEORGE — When a St. George man and woman reported that their RV had been stolen late Friday night, officers located the RV about a mile away with another man and woman inside. The man located inside told officers it was his RV – that someone had given it away, and when he found it in the desert, he took it back.
Just before 11 p.m., officers responded to the area of Curly Hollow Drive on a reported theft of a motor vehicle, according to a probable cause statement filed by the St. George Police Department in support of the arrest.
A couple reported that their RV was stolen from the desert about 1/8 mile passed the end of the asphalt, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement.
The RV was paid for and was found to be registered to the man and woman reporting the crime, the report stated.
After gathering information and entering the RV into the National Crime Information Center, the officer went to Tonaquint Park, 1851 S. Dixie Drive in St. George, and located the RV, according to the statement.
Officers found 40-year-old Justin Tyler Mower and 35-year-old Christina Mae Williams inside the RV.
“Justin stated that the RV was his and that someone gave it away a year ago,” the officer wrote in the statement. “He did not report it stolen. He said that he found it in the desert and took it.”
The duo was arrested and transported to the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Mower of third-degree felony theft. While officers arrested Williams for possession of a stolen vehicle, as of Thursday afternoon no formal charges had been filed, according to Utah Court documents.
Judge Jeffrey Wilcox, of the 5th District Court, ordered $10,000 bail for Mower’s release pending trial.
Mower was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Monday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Douglas Terry.
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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