LaVerkin man charged with stealing items from several unlocked vehicles

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ST. GEORGE — A LaVerkin man was arrested for numerous offenses after police were called Friday when a resident reportedly caught him taking items from inside of their vehicle.

Shortly after 5 a.m. officers responded to the area of 3400 West in Hurricane after a resident called police reporting they observed a man, later identified as Tyjobe McCrone going through his vehicle.

McCrone tried to flee when he saw officers arrive, but after a short foot pursuit he was taken into custody.

Investigating officers allege that McCrone had entered at least six other vehicles that were missing property.

He allegedly took a firearm out of one of the vehicles and pointed it at the car’s owner who confronted him.

A majority of the property, firearm included, was recovered after McCrone’s arrest.

Tyjobe McCrone booking photo, Washington County, Utah, June 14, 2019 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

He was booked into Purgatory Correctional facility facing four felony charges, including second-degree felony theft of a firearm. He also faces aggravated assault with a weapon, evading, failing to stop at an officer’s command and possession of a firearm by a category II person, each a third-degree felony.

McCrone also faces 14 misdemeanor charges: seven counts of vehicle burglary and seven counts of theft. Additional charges may be added through the course of the investigation as well, Hurricane Police spokesman Ken Thompson said.

McCrone remains in custody on $52,300 bail as this report publishes.

“None of the vehicles that had property taken, including the vehicle with the firearm, were locked at the time of the incident,” Thompson said.

He recommended that vehicles be locked anytime they are unoccupied and any valuables be removed and stored in a safe location.

Friday morning’s vehicle burglaries all took place within a three-block area between 3400 West and 3700 West, and if anyone in the area has property missing from their vehicles they are being asked to call dispatch at 435-627-4999 and an officer will respond and take a report.

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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