A man commonly referred to in the media as the “Utah cabin burglar” is now facing charges in a third county. Prosecutors in Iron County obtained an arrest warrant Friday against the man. Iron County authorities accuse the man of four counts of burglary, one count of felony theft and an additional three counts of misdemeanor theft. Two other counties (Kane County and Garfield County) previously issued warrants. The man now faces a total of 13 felony counts and five misdemeanors across the three separate counties.
Investigators in Iron County, Utah, apparently relying upon a profile developed in other counties in the state, believe that the man broke into unoccupied cabins and lived in them for a period of time. The recent charges say that alleged break-ins of cabins on Summit Mountain and Cedar Mountain in 2009 and 2011.
One person told authorities that someone had broken into the owner’s cabin and washed dishes without outing them away. The owner reportedly says that some food was eaten in the cabin and wood was burned. The Salt Lake Tribune characterizes the man as a survivalist.
Authorities say that one cabin owner reported that a Dutch oven and a .22-caliber pistol were stolen from the cabin.
Fingerprints that allegedly link the man to some cabin break-ins have been recovered, according to authorities. Law enforcement says that a picture taken on a hunter’s remote camera near Zion National Park was instrumental in helping authorities direct their attention toward the suspect. Police claim to have identified the man in February from the remote snapshot.
The man is not in custody.
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune, “New charges filed against elusive Utah cabin burglar,” Kimball Bennion, Oct. 14, 2012
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