RICHFIELD A fourth former Snow College football player is facing charges stemming from incidents similar to those that led to the arrest of three other players last week.
Lyle Gardner, Fallon, Nev., was booked into the Sevier County Jail last Monday on a single charge of third-degree felony burglary, according to Sevier County Attorney Dale Eyre.
The incident, which occurred on Nov. 18, was one of several throughout Utah and Nevada involving Gardner and teammates Stephon Thrash, Crestview, Fla.; Andrew Castaneda, Caldwell, Idaho; and Troy Cummings, Las Vegas, police said.
Thrash, Castaneda and Cummings all appeared Wednesday in 6th District Court in Sanpete County to answer several charges, including arson, burglary, theft and criminal mischief.
According to a police report, all four men indicated that Thrash and Castaneda had been primarily responsible for all the burglaries spanning four counties in two states in Manti, Moroni, Ephraim, Nephi, Salina, Riverton and Reno, Nev.
Gardner admitted to being the driver and lookout in the Salina, Riverton and Reno incidents. Cummings played the same role in Manti, Moroni and Riverton, police said.
The Salina incident for which Gardner was jailed involved the break-in of a car wash, a theme common to most of the burglaries.
Unlike the other incidents, however, no money was stolen, said Eyre.
"They broke the door ... but they never went in. They were scared off by a citizen."
Eyre said it is the only incident in Sevier County that the men seem to be connected to. He said Sanpete County authorities notified Salina police after interviewing the four suspects, which led to Salina police conducting their own interviews and arresting Gardner.
Gardner was released from jail after making $5,000 bail, and has a scheduled court appearance on Dec. 11.
Eyre said he planned to file charges against Thrash and Castaneda next week.