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Man arrested on suspicion of stealing vehicle he damaged with pick

By Katie England daily Herald - | Jun 18, 2016

A Wendover man was arrested near Cedar Fort on Saturday for reportedly breaking into a business with a chisel, then stealing a company car which he damaged with a pick.

Shane Andrew Johnson, 41, was reported to police by a bicyclist who saw him go off the road multiple times in the vehicle before striking a sign post, according to police reports. The witness reportedly told police that the man got out of the vehicle and started placing caution tape around it.

By the time Utah County sheriff’s deputies arrived, Johnson was reportedly about 200 yards from the vehicle with a pick in his hand. 

Johnson reportedly told police he did not know how the vehicle had gotten where it was, and that he had walked to his current location. 

A prescription and cellphone belonging to Johnson were found in the vehicle. The police report indicated that Johnson has a mental illness which he is not properly taking medication for.

The deputies contacted the business the car was registered with, and found that Johnson was not authorized to be driving the vehicle.

Upon inspection, the deputies reportedly found that Johnson had forced entry to the business with a chisel, then flattened two of the car’s tires with an unknown object and broke the windshield with the pick he was carrying.

Johnson was on probation for a previous vehicle theft, and was booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of a second-degree felony count of theft of an operable vehicle, a third-degree felony count of burglary and misdemeanor counts of possession of burglary tools and criminal mischief.

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