With the arrest of two local male juveniles, law officers are hoping they've put a stop to a series of burglaries in the downtown district over a two-week period that has involved six businesses.
And the businessmen are hoping so, too, especially the ones who found broken windows, jimmied doors and small amounts of cash missing when they arrived for work.John Jensen discovered two 17-year-olds cowering behind a counter, ready to leave with an assortment of clothes, when he returned to the family store late one evening to complete some reports.
Jensen called the police, and Sanpete Sheriff Wallace Buchanan and deputies Kay Larsen and Blake Edwards made the arrests. During questioning, the two confessed to breaking into five other Manti businesses, according to Buchanan.
They had gained entry through windows and doors. In one incident they gained access through a ceiling, the sheriff said, and their principal loot had been small amounts of money left in cash registers.
The two youths, who have been in trouble with the law before, are in custody at a Richfield detention center while awaiting a hearing before Juvenile Court Judge Lewis G. Tervort in Manti.