TREMONTON/GARLAND - Ellen Cook, Headliner Media Specialist, August 17, 2021
A recent rash of vehicle thefts in the Tremonton and Garland area has law enforcement reviewing clues and urging residents to be more diligent in safeguarding their belongings.
Interim Tremonton-Garland Police Chief Nick Nessen said five vehicles were stolen during the early hours of Friday, August 13, between 1 and 9 a.m., most of them in the north end of Tremonton and the south end of Garland. All five were unlocked at the time, with keys left in the vehicle. One of the five was recovered in Ogden.
“Its location makes us believe that the suspects may be from the Ogden area and could be young adults or juveniles,” Nessen said.
Possible fingerprints were found in the recovered vehicle and camera footage from three different locations near the thefts are currently being analyzed, Nessen continued. “After we have reviewed that surveillance film, we hope we will know who and what we are looking at exactly.”
Nessen also noted that about the same time, several vehicle burglaries occurred, as well. Although they covered a wider area in both communities, the two may be related. “We are not sure at this point,” he said.
He urged residents to make sure to lock their vehicle doors and take the keys inside, so they are not an easy target for thieves. “Leave your porch light on if the car is in the driveway to warn them off, and if you see someone in the middle of the night, don’t hesitate to call us so we can come and investigate it.”
Brigham City also had two vehicles stolen, one the same night as the Tremonton incidences and another a few days later. Police Chief Mike Nelson said the thieves may be targeting both ends of the county.