Suspect arrested on allegations of theft at LDS chapel in Layton

May 7 2012 - 9:22pm



LAYTON -- A 20-year-old man remained in Davis County Jail on Monday facing allegations that he stole women's purses and credit cards from an LDS chapel and from vehicles.

Eric Gabriel Thomas, 20, was arrested May 3 by Layton police on five counts of theft, three counts of vehicle burglary, three counts of forgery, two counts of criminal mischief, theft by deception, theft of services and unlawful use of a financial transaction card. His bond has been set at $16,000.

A woman reported to police on April 16 that her purse was stolen from a kitchen counter in an LDS church building at 60 W. Gordon Ave. in Layton, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The victim then reported that her financial transaction card was taken from the purse and used four times at a Walmart store.

On April 25, another woman reported that her car keys were stolen from a stage inside the same LDS church building and were used to gain access to her car, the affidavit says. The victim told police her purse was stolen from the vehicle.

Her debit and credit cards were used at Walmart stores in Layton and Riverdale five times to purchase American Express prepaid cards valued at between $500 and $1,500, the affidavit says.

Video surveilence from Walmart identified Thomas as the suspect who used the cards, the affidavit says.

Another woman told police that, on April 28, her purse was stolen from her car while she fished at 2650 E. Gentile St. in Layton. She reported that her financial transaction card was used at a Target store in Centerville.

Then, on April 30, another woman reported her wallet was taken from her truck while fishing at the same spot. Several financial transaction cards were inside a wallet, but it is unknown if they were used, the affidavit says.

Finally, on May 2, a woman reported that her purse was stolen from her vehicle in Kaysville and that her financial transaction cards were used several times at Walmart in Layton.

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