Police not buying man’s claim that vehicle, trailer came from deceased grandfather

Santa Clara-Ivins Police vehicle, location unspecified, July 11, 2018 | File photo courtesy of the Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, St. George News

ST. GEORGE A St. George man appeared in court on multiple felony charges after he was arrested for allegedly stealing a vehicle, a Polaris RZR and a trailer that he claimed belonged to his deceased grandfather. Police say they were actually taken during thefts reported in St. George and Santa Clara.

Noah Thomas, 37, was arrested Wednesday by a Santa Clara/Ivins Police officer investigating the theft of a vehicle and trailer reported stolen in Santa Clara, according to a probable cause affidavit filed with the court.

Witnesses told police that Thomas was seen driving a stolen vehicle with a trailer attached, and also claimed to have seen the defendant hauling a Polaris RZR with the trailer.

The witnesses also told police that Thomas claimed to have received the property from his grandfather who was deceased, the statement said.

Through the course of the investigation, officers learned that the vehicle did not belong to Thomas’ grandfather but was reported stolen in Santa Clara. The RZR that witnesses reported seeing on the trailer was reported stolen in St. George.

Booking photo of Noah Thomas, 37, of St. George, Utah, Jan, 16, 2019 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

Police say that during an interview, Thomas claimed to have detached the trailer in St. George, where he left it and then used the truck to move another vehicle.

The stolen vehicle in question and the RZR were located by authorities.

On Friday, Thomas appeared in 5th Distinct Court in St. George on three second-degree felony charges relating to the arrest, including receiving/transferring stolen property and two counts of theft by receiving stolen property, as well as a third-degree felony count  for possession of a controlled substance and one misdemeanor charge of drug possession.

Thomas remains in jail on $2,500 bail as this report publishes.

Theft, drugs and a 260-year-old violin 

There are multiple cases dating back to 2013, when Thomas entered a guilty plea in two second-degree felony theft and unlawful acquisition/possession/transfer of a finance card cases, followed by convictions in 2014 for felony burglary, misdemeanor theft and two assault offenses.

In 2016, Thomas was convicted in three second-degree felony theft cases, one of which was a case involving the theft of a 1754 Balestreri violin valued between $15,000 to $150,000 and was sold for $500.

This report is based on statements from police or other responders 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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  • Comment January 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    another career scumbag

  • mshaw January 19, 2019 at 1:48 am

    This guy is in and out of jail a real regular at purgatory he probably has earned his own private cell! We need to just send this dirtbag to the state prison for awhile. Maybe he can help with the building of the new prison and dig a few trenches

  • LunchboxHero January 19, 2019 at 9:20 pm

    Does the court system have any advice for what we should do when this degenerate is inevitably released after a slap on the wrist? He clearly has a long history of repeat offenses. Aside from locking up our property (which doesn’t seem to work), how should we protect ourselves from these animals?

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