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ST. GEORGE- Two suspects have been arrested in connection with a reported robbery at a local gym after officers found the pair at an area hotel.
And during a search of the room and the vehicle they were driving, the police reportedly recovered a significant amount of the goods.
St. George Police officers were dispatched shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday to a Bluff Street gymnasium following a retail theft report and arrived to learn that a suspect had taken merchandise from the pro shop in inside the gymnasium.
According to charging documents filed with the court, the whistleblower told police that a woman entered the equipment department of the pro shop and took several Lulu Lemon brand clothes and left the store. without paying.
The suspect then drove off in a black SUV which was lifted with large tires, the report said.
Shortly after, the complainant called back to report that the same woman had made three separate trips to the business within a few days and allegedly took $2,000 worth of merchandise, without paying anything.
The suspect has been identified as Madalyn Sydney Morris, 20, of St. George, and the driver of the SUV Morris was later allegedly seen in has been identified as Jesus Brambila, 26, a gym member. .
According to the report, officers responding to an unrelated call at an apartment complex several days earlier found a large amount of property left abandoned in one of the units previously rented by Morris and Brambila. Officers also found several pieces of clothing with sales tags still attached, leading investigators to suspect the items were stolen.
Meanwhile, a patrolman noticed a black GMC Yukon, which matched the description of the SUV in the gymnasium theft report, parked near one of the area hotels on St. George Boulevard. Through the window, the officer could see a large amount of goods and merchandise in the back of the vehicle, including many items of clothing with the tags still attached.
Suspecting the items could be linked to the reported theft from the gym, officers went to the room where the suspects are said to have stayed and found the couple. Both suspects were arrested on outstanding warrants and the hotel room was secured by police.
While speaking to officers, Brambila said he knew nothing of the thefts, but said he had been in the room with Morris for some time.
The report also states that Morris requested an attorney as soon as she was questioned about the robberies, and all questioning ceased at that point.
During a search of the hotel room, officers found numerous clothing, handbags and other items, similar to the merchandise found inside the SUV.
Brambila was rushed to jail and faces a criminal conspiracy charge, based on witness reports that it was Brambila whom witnesses saw driving the SUV during the three separate incidents related to the gymnasium robbery.
With a warrant in hand, officers searched the motel room, where they found merchandise matching items taken from the gymnasium. Additional items of the gum were also recovered from the SUV parked outside.
Officers also recovered a prescription bottle containing 24 fentanyl pills believed to be floating in the toilet tank, which officers suspected had been placed in the tank by Morris minutes earlier.
Morris was transported to Purgatory Correctional Facility and faces third-degree robbery, as well as felony possession of a controlled substance and obstruction of justice for allegedly hiding the pill bottle in the fuel tank. bathroom.
At the time of the arrests, Morris had an open case in March involving burglary charges. In this case, she would have been identified from the home surveillance system. Officers reviewed the footage and saw the suspect enter the attached garage and then into one of the vehicles. She was then seen leaving the property with a purse that was allegedly taken from the vehicle.
She was later arrested and charged with burglary and burglary of vehicle, and the case is still pending in court.
This report is based on statements taken from court records, police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions. Those arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or until a trier of fact decides otherwise.
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