‘Grasping at straws’: Santa Clara-Ivins Police search for cigarette-and-beer burglars

Photo illustration of a store break-in with a surveillance image of one of the two suspects involved in recent burglaries of cigarettes and beer from closed gas station convenience stores in Ivins | Insert picture courtesy of Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, background photo by xeipe/iStock/Getty Images Plus, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — A pair of burglars has been on a two-week spree of breaking into closed gas station convenience stores in Santa Clara and Ivins with the apparent goal to take beer and cigarettes.

And the joint police force in the two communities seeks the public’s help to find them.

The latest two incidents happened just after 2:40 a.m. Monday, with the Canyon Crossing Chevron station on Snow Canyon Parkway and the Lightfoots Chevron on Red Mountain Boulevard getting hit within an hour of each other.

It is the second time in two weeks that Lightfoots has been burglarized, and police believe it was the same two suspects who struck the location two weeks before. 

Santa Clara-Ivins Police have released surveillance footage from Canyon Crossing showing two suspects entering and exiting through broken glass doors. At this point, Sgt. Reed Briggs with Santa Clara-Ivins Police said that is just about all they have to go on and hope the a citizen might recognize them. 

“We’re kind of hoping someone may notice some of the clothing,” said Briggs said, noting that even the gender of the two suspects is uncertain. “We’re grasping at straws at this point.”

Surveillance image of one of two suspects involved in recent burglaries of cigarettes and beer from closed gas station convenience stores in Ivins, Utah, May 23, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Santa Clara-Ivins Police Department, St. George News

One of the suspects is seen wearing a black hoodie and appears to have black or darker hair, while the other is wearing a black trenchcoat with a teal-blue head covering and blonde hair. Briggs said the footwear of the blonde-haired suspect, what look like brown workshoes, is especially distinctive. 

“The shoes one suspect is wearing aren’t super common,” Briggs said. 

He added that police responded to an alarm at Canyon Crossing at around 2:40 a.m. but were too late to catch any suspects in the act. Just as officers were starting their investigation, another alarm went off at Lightfoots two miles away. Police again were unable to nab the suspects.

Also unusual is the burglars are only targeting two items in their burglaries.

“They’re not going after cash drawers — just cigarettes and beer,” said Briggs, adding that while the burglars may not be making their way with ultra-high-priced merchandise, they are leaving high-priced damage in their wake. “Those windows aren’t cheap.”

Those with any information that could lead to the identity of the suspects are asked to call Santa Clara-Ivins Police at 435-652-1122.

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