Washington City Police seek public’s help solving construction site theft

File photo, St. George News

WASHINGTON CITY — The Washington City Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying whoever is responsible for the theft of a utility trailer containing thousands of dollars in tools from a construction site in Washington City either Thursday night or early Friday morning.

Officers responded to a construction site in the Coral Canyon area Friday morning on report of a theft involving a Journey 8-foot cargo/utility trailer that was taken from the work site, Washington City Police Lt. Jason Williams said.

The trailer contained about $4,000 worth of tools at the time it was stolen, he said.

As detectives processed the scene for evidence, they were unable to collect any photos or video surveillance footage from the job site itself, WIlliams said, but they are in the process of checking the surrounding area for any off-site cameras that may have captured the theft on video.

Through the course of the initial investigation, officers determined that the suspect(s) likely pulled into the job site and backed up a vehicle to line up with the trailer.

This undated photo shows an 8-foot utility trailer that was taken from a construction site in the Coral Canyon area early Friday morning in Washington City, Utah | Photo courtesy of Andrea Barrera, St. George News

“They just hooked it up and then drove off with it,” Williams said.

Due to a recent rise in the number of thefts being reported at this time, Williams said, the police department recommends that all vehicles, personal belongings, tools and even utility trailers be secured or removed from work sites.

Construction site thefts in particular have recently seen a dramatic spike, Williams said.

“Anything that isn’t locked down tight can be taken,” he said.

Anyone with information that might help police identify and locate the individual(s) responsible for the theft is urged to call the Washington City Police Department at 435-986-1515.

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  • utah505 December 28, 2018 at 9:13 pm

    Right now would be a dam good time, for Saint George police officer Kent shields to do a little investigating into all the theft going on instead of worrying about harmless window tint on a cloudy day

  • utahdiablo December 29, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Well as much as the Greed Machine is making in these Daily Rental Townhouses?….They can pay for a new trailer and Tools for whomever lost it…but yes, lock down your tools and trailers and or take them with you, southern Utah is no longer the safe and sleepy town it once was years ago….changed for the worse forever

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