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Alpine couple charged with theft, drug possession, child endangerment

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Posted at 8:51 PM, Jul 15, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-15 22:51:21-04

ALPINE, Utah – An Alpine couple is in jail after police said they found heroin and stolen property inside the couple’s home.

Police served a no-knock search warrant on the home Sunday after a long investigation into a string of thefts reported in Highland and Alpine.

Police said they found heroin, drug paraphernalia and stolen property in the home of Dustin Hutchinson and Cherlotta Christensen. Police said the couple’s 10-year-old daughter was living with them in the home, and she is now staying with a relative.

Detective Dave Ventrano, Lone Peak Police Department, said it appears the couple was pawning the stolen items to buy drugs.

“Speaking with the individual, it sounds like they were actually crime of opportunity type of person,” he said. “They’d see open garages, or like you said, trailers and that that had blowers of stuff on the side of the road, and they’d take it, pawn it, take the money, go buy drugs and use drugs for that day.”

The two are in the Utah County Jail on multiple charges, including possession of stolen property, theft, possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.