Good neighbor helps police catch theft suspect

Thursday , March 06, 2014 - 12:20 PM

Loretta Park

FARMINGTON — Police credited a watchful neighbor for the arrest of a man who was wanted by Adult Probation and Parole.

Police Lt. Parish Snyder said a woman was on her porch talking to another neighbor at 10:30 a.m. Sunday when they saw a car pull up to a home in a cul-de-sac.

A man got out of the car, walked over to a car that was parked in the driveway and started rummaging through it, Snyder said.

The woman called her friend, who was inside her house and told her a man was going through her car and taking items out of it. When the car owner walked out of her house, she confronted the man, who was then inside her garage, Snyder said. She yelled for her husband, who was also home, and he came out and confronted the man.

“The man gave an excuse as to why he was there, but they didn’t buy it and called police,” Snyder said.

When police arrived, the man had left, but the witnesses gave police a good description of the man, his car and the car’s license plate number. He was found at McDonald’s in Centerville a short time later.

Police searched his car and found stolen credit cards, driver’s licenses and other stolen items. And they learned the man had a warrant out for his arrest, Snyder said.

Police arrested Duane Aden Cantwell, 40, and booked him in Davis County Jail on one count of burglary, two counts of vehicle burglary, two counts of fraud and one count of possession of another person’s identification.

Snyder said Cantwell is suspected of being involved in a number of burglaries in Woods Cross, Bountiful and Layton. He is also suspected of using credit cards for purchases in Layton, Centerville and Bountiful. He could also face charges in other jurisdictions.

Adult Probation and Parole had issued a warrant for Cantwell’s arrest on March 29, after he failed to check in with his parole officer, said Steve Gehrke, a spokesman with the Department of Corrections. Cantwell had been released from Utah State Prison on March 13, 2012.

According to the court website, Cantwell has been charged with felonies in 3rd District Court numerous times since 1991. His last conviction was in 2007, when he was sentenced to prison.

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