LOA/BICKNELL – Wayne County experienced a couple new burglaries last week, one at the Loa Post Office on the morning of December 9, followed by another at Wayne High School on December 10.
On December 9, 2017 the Wayne County Sheriff’s office was called to the Loa Post Office at about 7:30am. Sheriff Taylor was dispatched and assisted by Deputy Ellett and Deputy Jensen, and U.S. Postal Service Inspectors. They determined that forced entry was made into the building, and numerous packages and boxes addressed to residents of Wayne County had been stolen.
Postal Clerk Kelsey Brinkerhoff was first to arrive at work that morning, and discovered the results of the break in.
Postmaster Mary Ellet said of the thefts, “It’s been quite shocking. They took 34 parcels. We were able to narrow a few things down because the thieves opened the boxes and threw the contents along the side of the road. The Sheriff’s office brought the items back and we were able to identify quite a few of them.”
The following day, on December 10, Deputy Ellett was dispatched to Wayne County High School in Bicknell on another alleged burglary, assisted by Sheriff Taylor and Deputy Jensen. The investigation determined that forced entry was made into the high school administration office, and shop building where multiple electronic devices and assortment of tools were stolen. Three subjects then exited the property driving a dark colored van pulling a single axle box utility trailer.
On December 11, 2017, Iron County and Cedar City PD officers and deputies, assisted Wayne County Sheriff’s Office in the apprehension of two male suspects which are believed to be involved in the theft and burglaries in Wayne County. The suspects are being held in Iron County Jail on an Adult Parole and Probation 72 hour hold pending formal charges.
On December 12, 2017, Wayne County Sheriff’s Office working in conjunction with Iron County and Cedar City PD, located a utility trailer matching the description of the trailer involved in the high school burglary. The owner of the trailer was contacted and the trailer was determined to be stolen from the Loa area.
As of Friday, December 15, the Wayne County Sheriff’s office said that due to the ongoing investigation names and further information will not be released at this time, but that their goal was to do so “very soon.”
Postmaster Ellett said that “People have been really considerate and kind and willing to work with us” as she and Brinkerhoff and the Sheriff’s department have worked to identify those connected to stolen packages.
If anyone has information concerning these cases please call the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office 435-836-1308.