Alleged car thieves arrested after running out of gas

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Four youths from Utah detained after officer tries to help them

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From left: Brandon Brenton Kidder, Willow Michelle Sweeney and Brandon Royce Ugarte.


Four alleged car thieves from Utah were arrested at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, in Corbett after their pickup truck reportedly ran out of gas.

A Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office patrol sergeant stopped to do a safety check on a truck in the Dalton Point rest area parking lot west of Multnomah Falls, said Lt. Mary Lindstrand, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman. The truck’s occupants told the sergeant that they had run out of gas. However, the sergeant checked the license plates on the truck, a 1997 Ford F-250, and discovered that it had been reported stolen around 21 hours earlier in Logan, Utah — about 700 miles away.

Brandon Brenton Kidder, 20, of Wilder, Utah, Brandon Royce Ugarte, 18, of Logan, and Willow Michelle Sweeney, 19, of Logan were taken into custody for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and lodged at the Multnomah County Detention Center. A 17-year-old male was also taken into custody and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and was lodged at the Multnomah County Juvenile Detention Facility.

“The owner was very grateful to get his truck back,” Lindstrand said.

Police also discovered three pet rats, belonging to Ugarte, in a cage in the truck, Lindstrand said. The rats – including one hairless rat – were transported to the Multnomah County Animal Services building in Troutdale.






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