The vehicle, a Honda Ridgeline, was found in a motel parking lot in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah on April 5. Authorities arrested a male suspect who was staying at the motel, but the woman with whom he was traveling escaped and still eludes capture.
Ouray County Sheriff Dominic Mattivi said his department has confirmed that the couple spent a week in Montrose during the time the burglaries in question occurred. “We can now tie several of the recent Ouray County burglaries to the man in custody and his female accomplice,” he stated.
The Sheriff Department’s theory is that the perpetrators found the keys to the stolen vehicle inside the house on County Road 17 that they allegedly burgled on March 26. But there is not enough evidence for a conviction.
“We cannot 100 percent put them at the house,” Mattivi said. “That is what we will need to do to get a conviction on this.”
The man in custody has “lawyered up,” Mattivi said. “He denies he was involved in any of the burglaries and claims that he and his female friend found the car abandoned on the side of the road.”
The couple are also persons of interest related to some burglaries that occurred in the vicinity of Sandy, Utah.
Mattivi said his department is still going through a lot of the evidence found in the stolen vehicle. “We basically have done a timeline from the time the burglaries started up to the present.”