Messy license plate leads officer to arrest car thief suspect

ST. GEORGE – An Arizona man was arrested in St. George early Monday morning for suspected vehicle theft after a police officer noticed something odd about the vehicle he drove.

An officer on patrol noticed Robert Trask, 53, of Tucson, Ariz., standing by a vehicle around 1 a.m., Monday. Trask seemed out of place to the officer, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, and he noticed the vehicle’s license plate was bent and dirty and hard to read.

The officer proceeded to make contact with Trask about the license plate, Despain said, and then learned the vehicle has been reported stolen. Upon further investigation, he said, the officer found what he described as burglary tools, namely a lock-pick set, as well as other license plates in the vehicle.

Trask was arrested and booked into jail for theft of a vehicle, a second-degree felony, as well as possession of burglary tools and receiving stolen property, both class-B misdemeanors. His bail currently stands at $11,166.

Persons charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.


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