Man arrested for theft after helping himself to another man’s cereal

ST. GEORGE – A 41-year-old man was arrested Saturday for burglary, theft, and drug possession after allegedly going into a St. George residence, rummaging through drawers and a refrigerator, and helping himself to a bowl of cereal.

Trampus Walter Shelley, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News
Trampus Walter Shelley, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted Sept. 13, 2014 | Photo courtesy of Washington County Sheriff’s booking, St. George News

Officers responded to a residential burglary that had just occurred, St. George Police Officer Seth LeFevre said in his probable cause statement supporting the arrest, where a resident stated that a man was in his home and left the area on foot.

The resident told officers he observed several drawers open in his home, an open refrigerator, and a half-eaten bowl of cereal, LeFevre said in the statement. The resident said the condition of his home was not how he had left it.

Officers located the man matching the resident’s reported description a few blocks away from the alleged burglarized residence, LeFevre said, and recognized him as Trampus Walter Shelley from previous incidents.

Shelley then told officers that he was in the residence when a man “pointed a gun at him and told him to get out of the house.”

“(Shelley) admitted to being in the house but stated he was given consent,” LeFevre said, “because he thought it was another person’s residence.”

Shelley was arrested and charged with one second-degree felony for burglary; one class A misdemeanor for drug distribution in a drug free zone; and one class B misdemeanor for theft. He was booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility on Saturday. His bail stands at $13,310.

Persons arrested or 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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  • Pea Shooter September 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    ….when a man “pointed a gun at him and told him to get out of the house.” Was the man pointing a gun, or was the man naked and holding something mistaken for a gun and was it loaded?

  • ladybugavenger September 15, 2014 at 8:29 pm

    :Oops wrong house. LOL! Must have been out of his normal routine

    • Coprqwn September 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm

      Surely this poor guy deserves a #Fundraiser, right?

      • ladybugavenger September 16, 2014 at 10:08 am


  • Cdxx 4 Life!!!! September 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm

    I hope it was a bowl of cereal cereal Wheaties he Will need it lol in jail they hardly feed you any good cereal lol have fun kidz;)

  • notsuprised September 16, 2014 at 5:18 am

    What would he need a fundraiser for? More meth?

  • Mandy September 16, 2014 at 11:51 am

    Didn’t some chick named Goldilocks get in trouble for the very same thing?

  • Mary September 16, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Trampus Walter Shelley ? Trampus , seriously ?
    Did his parents curse him with that name ?
    It is so relevant to his current lifestyle !

  • Koolaid September 16, 2014 at 12:15 pm

    He had the serve himself? Why didn’t the woman of the house make him a sammich?

  • Prize September 16, 2014 at 1:57 pm

    Another fine example of the prize southern utah men available to the women.

  • A friend September 16, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    @ Mary – You need to be careful when you comment about his name. You are obviously not from around here. AND NONE of you know his circumstances that drove him to this point in his life.

  • Mr Marcus September 16, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    He was probally Hungary hope fully He got full on just half a bowel I would of made some bacon and eggs and ask the owner of the house what would like sur

  • notsuprised September 20, 2014 at 10:16 am

    @ A Friend…I actually am very aware of the circumstances of this person. I know the last several years of what has lead up to this. you may be mislead by your “friend” on what or why TRAMPUS SHELLEY is the person he is now…

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