Man out on bond for vehicle theft steals deputy's truck in Juab Co. jail parking lot

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Posted at 1:08 PM, Mar 08, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-08 15:27:54-05

JUAB COUNTY, Utah — An inmate released on bond facing a vehicle theft charge stole a sheriff's deputy's truck in the parking lot of the jail on Tuesday.

According to a statement from the sheriff's office, the unmarked deputy’s truck was stolen around 5:00 a.m., after he had left it in the parking lot to warm up.

The statement added, the driver door lock was defective and didn't lock when the deputy used his key fob.

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Later, the Juab County jail released an inmate from custody on bond, who was facing charges including vehicle theft.

He walked up to the running truck, jumped in and drove away.

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Utah Highway Patrol picked him up heading northbound on I-15 at mile post 211.

The sheriff's office said "based on the severity of the circumstances, a vehicle stop was not initiated, but rather a spike technique was deployed to avoid the possibility of a pursuit."

The vehicle was spiked near mile post 221, and exited the highway at exit 222 in Nephi, where the vehicle came to a stop and the suspect was arrested.