Barking dog, neighbor help expose South Weber thefts

Wednesday , June 19, 2013 - 6:37 AM

Nicholas Courtney...

SOUTH WEBER — Two men can thank a barking dog and an alert resident for their recent arrests.

Nicholas Courtney, 29, and Kalon Philpott, 25, were arrested following a phone call from a concerned resident, Davis County Sheriff’s Sgt. Susan Poulsen said.

The South Weber resident was awakened at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday by his barking dog. He looked out his window and saw two men he didn’t know get out of a car and one of them go into his neighbor’s backyard, she said.

“He called our office and said it may not be anything, but we sent officers out anyway,” Poulsen said.

Officers spotted the two men and they ran off, which resulted in more officers coming into the area to search for the men along View Drive. Officers finally found the men and arrested them.

They took them back to the car they had left behind and found “multiple items of stolen property,” including gold earrings and a necklace in their original packaging, cellphones, folding knives, credit cards and clothing, Poulsen said. Detectives are working with other agencies in neighboring jurisdictions to identify all the victims.

Courtney was booked in Davis County Jail on several warrants out of other courts, plus one count of receiving stolen items, one count of failing to respond to an officer’s command, one count of giving false information to police and one count of criminal mischief.

Philpott was booked in Weber County Jail on warrants out of Weber County.

Both could face more charges once the investigation is completed, Poulsen said.

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