Category: theft

Airport assault, theft suspect rejects plea deal, will go to trial

SALT LAKE CITY — A man accused of slipping by TSA agents, assaulting a man and stealing his phone in the airport will not have a plea deal and will face a jury trial in July.

Negotiations between Victor Cossio’s lawyer and prosecutors are over after disputes on how much time he might spend behind bars.

Victor Cossio, 42, and his lawyer told Judge Elizabeth Hruby-Mills Monday morning that they rejected a proposed plea arrangement where Cossio would plead guilty to one 2nd-degree felony over matters of sentencing.

Cossio will instead have a two-day jury trial in July for three felony charges and one misdemeanor, and, if convicted, he could go to prison for decades.

Cossio was arrested in March at the Salt Lake City International Airport after police say he slipped by TSA agents, assaulted a man and stole his phone.

Then, after he was apprehended, Cossio had multiple boarding passes in his possession, none of which belong to him, police said.

Earlier this month, he and his attorney waived a preliminary hearing, anticipating that he would plead guilty to the single felony.

SLC Police release video after deadly altercation between suspected shoplifter and store employees

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Salt Lake City Police released body camera footage and other details Friday regarding a suspected shoplifter who died after an altercation with store employees.

Mischa Cox, 30, died earlier this month from injuries he suffered in the incident on May 2.

Police said Cox had stolen some items from an Ace Hardware store near 400 South and 600 East  and was confronted by employees, who held the man down until police arrived and put him into handcuffs.

“The officers asked dispatch to send medical, and another officer who had arrived began administering chest compressions,” Capt. Jeff Kendrick of Salt Lake City Police said during Friday’s press conference. “Medical personnel arrived on scene, and the suspect was taken out of cuffs. The medical care was turned over to Gold Cross. Cox was transported to an area hospital, where he later died.”

The death was classified as an officer-involved critical incident because Cox was put into handcuffs before officers realized he was having serious medical issues.

Unified Police are investigating the incident, as Utah law requires all officer-involved critical incidents be investigated by an outside agency.

‘They took everything’: historical site burglarized and vandalized

WENDOVER, Utah — Authorities are asking for help identifying the person(s) responsible for theft and vandalism at an archaeological site near Wendover.

According to Utah State Parks, the thief or thieves broke into the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site and stole everything inside, including educational artifacts, lighting and safety equipment.

Everything.  They took everything that was in there,” said Justina Parsons-Bernstein, the Heritage Resource Manager for Utah State Parks.

The teaching artifacts included an ancient projectile and a piece of a woven basket.  Fortunately, most of the truly pristine artifacts were excavated and moved to the Natural History Museum at the University of Utah.

“It’s a breach of our shared heritage, that someone thinks they can go in and damage and steal something that we are supposed to protect for all of us,” Parsons-Bernstein said. “There’s been human habitation in Danger Cave for over 11,000 years.”

The caves are gated, but sometime between closing time Tuesday and opening Saturday, someone got in.

Police are following up on several leads.  They are also asking for the public for tips.

Anyone with possible information about the incident is asked to contact Parsons-Bernstein at 801-889-7209 or jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov.

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Utah State Parks officials ask for help after theft, vandalism at Danger Cave archaeological site

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WENDOVER, Utah — Authorities are asking for help identifying the person(s) responsible for theft and vandalism at an archaeological site near Wendover.

According to Utah State Parks, the thief or thieves broke into the Danger Cave State Park Heritage Site and stole everything inside, including educational artifacts, lighting and safety equipment.

The break-in was discovered Saturday and is believed to have occurred after 4 p.m. on May 7 and before 9 a.m. the day of the discovery.

The release states there was also damage to the cave, which they described as “one of the most significant archaeological sites in North America.”

The cave was occupied by humans going back at least 11,000 years and excavations at the site helped set the timeline for archaeology in the Great Basin area, the press release states.

Danger Cave becoming a historic place in 1966 and a Utah State Heritage Area soon after.

Anyone with information about the crime is asked to contact Resources Manager Justina Parsons-Bernstein with Utah State Parks at 801-889-7209 or via email at jparsonsbernstein@utah.gov

Cottonwood Heights Police seek help identifying pair who spent $25K using stolen credit cards

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah — Police need your help identifying two people they said used stolen credit cards to purchase $25,000 worth of Apple and Microsoft products.

Police posted several photos from surveillance cameras that show the pair making the purchases.

It was not immediately clear when the theft(s) and purchases took place.

Anyone who recognizes the pair is asked to call Det. Olson with Cottonwood Heights Police at 801-944-7027 and reference case #19X002367