ST. GEORGE — A St. George man who was picked up by police Thursday for an active theft-related warrant is facing new felony theft charges after officers allegedly discovered a stolen all-terrain vehicle in his possession at the time of his arrest.
St. George Police officers responded to a residence on the 600 East block of 2400 South to arrest 35-year-old Noah Benjamin Thomas on a $10,000 cash-only bail warrant issued by the 5th District Court for his arrest.
The warrant was issued after Thomas failed to appear in court April 18 for sentencing in a prior second-degree felony theft case, according to court documents.
When officers arrived at the residence, Thomas then became a suspect in an ATV theft that had previously been reported in Washington City, according to a probable cause statement filed by the Washington City Police Department in support of the arrest.
Thomas was allegedly found to be in possession of the stolen ATV, the arresting officer wrote in a sworn statement. During an interview with police, Thomas denied stealing the ATV but admitted he knew it had been stolen, the officer stated.
Thomas was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.
The Washington County Attorney’s Office filed an information in 5th District Court accusing Thomas of second-degree felony theft by receiving stolen property.
Judge John J. Walton of the 5th District Court ordered $10,000 bail for Thomas’ release pending trial. He was found indigent by the court during his initial court appearance Friday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Douglas Terry.
Thomas is scheduled to make his next court appearance May 2.
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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