When deputy Shane Hudson tried to stop a vehicle at Brighton High Friday, he probably didn't realize what a jackpot of crimes he'd uncover.
The Salt Lake County deputy sheriff was patrolling the high school parking lot about 11:45 a.m. Friday when he spotted a vehicle of suspected truants. He stopped the car, but as he approached the car sped away.Hudson chased the carload of teens through a neighborhood but then terminated his pursuit when the vehicle approached a school zone, said deputy sheriff Rod Norton.
Hudson broadcast a description of the vehicle over the sheriff's radio and deputy Glen Hadfield quickly found it several blocks away abandoned at a church parking lot near 3200 East and Fort Union Boulevard.
Deputies searched the area and, with the help of neighbors, spotted the suspects, who were running through the neighborhood, Norton said. Three boys, one age 15 and two age 16, were later arrested.
"Each of these kids has been in juvenile court dozens of times - one of them 80 times - and he had just been released yesterday at noon!" Norton said.
Investigators quickly learned that the boys had been busy.
The vehicle they were driving had been stolen from a Sandy home Tuesday. When the car was stolen, the owner's home had been burglarized.
Norton said the suspects had also stolen a license plate off of a similar vehicle and put it on the stolen car.
Inside the car, deputies discovered evidence from Downeast Outfitters, a Sandy clothing business that experienced a "major burglary" Thursday night, Norton said. One teen was wearing new clothing from the store, including a T-shirt with "Downeast Outfitters" printed on the front.
A bullet was also found inside the stolen car. One boy later admitted hiding a gun in White City that he had stolen from a Murray home.
The teens were booked into juvenile detention for investigation of various crimes. Police are looking for two girls who had been with the boys during some of the activities. Deputies later learned they had gone to Brighton High to pick up a third girl.