PROVO — Five people have been arrested and more than 100 items of property recovered following the bust of a storage shed burglary ring.
The investigation led detectives to a vacant house near 500 South and 400 West in Provo, where they believe a group of people has been stealing items all around the city, storing them in the garage and then pawning items off whenever someone in the house needed money, said Provo Police Sgt. Brandon Post.
Potential charges were being reviewed Tuesday against two additional people and Post believes there could be even more arrests.
The break for police came March 25 while officers were investigating a storage shed burglary at 1600 S. State. Detectives discovered that someone had gotten into a vacant shed and then tunneled through the drywall to three adjacent units, taking everything from bicycles to tools to ammunition to video game systems, Post said.
The detective investigating the case found that the fourth storage unit still had items inside that had not been stolen. So he took a chance and assumed the alleged burglars would return, and he "bugged" some of the remaining property, Post said.
As expected, that item was stolen later that same day.
The stolen merchandise with the tracking device was traced to the vacant house where about 120 items of stolen merchandise were found in the garage, the sergeant said.
James Pettus, Steven Frost, Marshall Dyer, Ete Seiuli and Cassidy Broadhead were all arrested for investigation of various charges including multiple counts of burglary, possession of stolen property and drug possession.
Post said several of those arrested have long criminal histories with frequent visits to jail. Investigators Tuesday were still trying to determine exactly how many burglaries the group might be responsible for and how long they have allegedly been doing it.
If a resident has had an item stolen recently and wants to check to see if it has been recovered, Post said they will need to contact Provo police at 801-852-6200. They will need to have some sort of proof that the item they want to claim actually belongs to them.
Post said the incident is also a good reminder of why it's important for residents to record VIN and serial numbers when possible in case their property is ever stolen.