ST. GEORGE — One of the suspects deemed “armed and dangerous” by police after stealing a car in Las Vegas, followed by items from vehicles in church parking lots in St. George, has been arrested.
Larry Austin Warner, 35, was arrested Friday night by St. George Police for four warrants and possession of a stolen vehicle. Warner is accused of taking finance cards out of at least two unlocked cars in church parking lots Aug. 19 after stealing a car with a large amount of guns in it from Las Vegas.
Warner allegedly used the finance cards he stole from the cars in St. George several times. At one of the St. George businesses where Warner used a stolen card, employees of the business were suspicious, so they followed him out to his car and took a photo of it, according to the probable cause statement.
Using a warrant, police were able to track Warner’s location through his cell phone. The phone’s location was in Mesquite, Nevada, for several days before returning to St. George on Friday, when police arrested Warner at a Dairy Queen restaurant on Dixie Drive.
The stolen Saturn sedan was found abandoned in St. George. According to the probable cause statement, Warner admitted in an interview with investigators to driving the stolen vehicle and stealing the finance cards from vehicles in St. George.
“He claimed he paid $40 to rent it from a friend in Las Vegas… (Warner) said he had abandoned the vehicle in St. George because he thought it was stolen and was afraid he would be caught in it,” the arresting officer wrote on the probable cause statement.
When he was arrested, Warner also had warrants issued by the 5th District Court in St. George in 2016 for sexual battery and theft of a rental vehicle. Warner was charged with felony charges for theft and using finance cards without consent, as well as misdemeanor charges for theft and burglary of a vehicle.
The female suspect who was with Warner has not yet been arrested as of Monday, St. George Police Captain Mike Giles told St. George News.
“The case is still pending,” Giles said. “She has been identified, but we’re not releasing her name at this point.”
Anyone with information on the pair or any crimes they may have committed is asked to to call St. George Police at 435-627-4300.
This report is based on statements from police and may not contain the full scope of findings. 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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