Student Derek Wright had his car stolen from the Snow Garden’s parking lot in the early hours of October 9, 2017.
His friend Nate Keisel also had his truck broken into and had a total of 3 guns, all .22 caliber, along with clips and ammo stolen. A backpack was also stolen with a hunting knife in it. Several other cars were broken into as well.
Derek’s vehicle was a 2011 Kia Optima. The white with black car was later used as a get away car from an armed robbery at about 06:00 a.m. at the Maverick Convenience Store in Mt. Pleasant. The 3 suspects were described as Hispanic males, they were wearing half masks.
The suspects were armed with a handgun and a knife and able to get an undisclosed amount of cash from the store. The suspects left in a black Honda Civic which they then drove to 350 south and 100 west in Mt. Pleasant and set on fire.
The Kia Optima was spotted in the Orem area and police began to pursue the vehicle after an attempted traffic stop around 2 p.m.
During the chase, a Utah County Sheriff deputy was involved in a crash. According to Sgt. Spencer Cannon, the deputy “was going through an intersection and another car went around stopped traffic and hit him”. The damage was reported as minor and no one was hurt.
The suspect vehicle was later abandoned in a church parking lot in Springville.
The area of 400 west and 400 north in Springville was closed while officers searched a mobile home park where they found two of the three suspects. They were then taken into custody.
Snow College Police and Ephraim City Police encourage everyone to keep their doors locked and remove valuables and especially keys from their vehicles.