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Man facing charges for alleged possession of stolen IDs

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah - A man is facing several felony charges after police say he tried to pass a stolen check in West Valley City.

Officers say they found a purse in Patrick Dellera Johnson's car that contained multiple IDs, social security cards, credit cards and checks.

Johnson is facing eight counts of unlawful possession of ID documents, identity fraud and possession of stolen property.

Thieves take money from Girl Scouts

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah — A group of Girl Scouts were selling cookies outside of a store on Saturday when a man and woman stole the money they had collected.

Girl Scout Troop 2532 was selling cookies in front of Wal-Mart, 5469 South Redwood Road. At about 4 p.m. a vehicle driven by a woman stopped and a male got out and approached the girls as if he intended to buy cookies. Girl Scout Kennedi Leon said that’s when the thief sprang into action.

“He asked how much the cookies were, and he was bringing out his wallet, and as he came closer, when he got really close, he grabbed the money and jumped in the car and they just drove off,” she said.

The suspect escaped with an undisclosed amount of money.

Kennedi said the theft shocked her, and she wishes the money could have gone where it was meant to.

Police make arrest after fatal West Valley shooting

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — Police have arrested a man deemed a person of interest in a fatal shooting that happened near 2400 South and Redwood Road late Sunday night.

Police arrested Roberto Tolajo Romero, 60, and recovered a weapon they believe to be the one used in the shooting. Romero told police he had an argument with the victim and then shot him, according to a news release from the West Valley City Police Department.

Police were notified about the shooting around 11:30 p.m. The victim was a 40-year-old Hispanic man. Police said multiple rounds were fired inside the residence where the victim was found.

Police seek suspect in multiple ‘diamond’ scams

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — A West Valley City woman was scammed out of thousands of dollars, and police believe the suspect may be the same woman who pulled a similar trick in Orem.

In both cases the suspect is a Latina woman who approached another Latina woman and told them a tragic story and pleaded for help. The suspect offered both victims a diamond as collateral for the loan, but the diamond turned out to be a fake in both cases.

In the Orem case victim Maria Hernandez was scammed out of $8,000. The victim in the West Valley City incident, which police said occurred around the same time as the other scam, was taken for $5,000.

Sgt. Jason Hauer, West Valley City Police Department, said the victim in West Valley City was approached while at a shopping center near 5600 West and 3100 South, and that the suspect’s story was convincing.

Suspect evades police during high-speed chase

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah — West Valley City Police are searching for a suspect who evaded capture following a high-speed chase.

Police responded to a call at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday in an attempt to arrest a suspect they had been after for a few weeks. Officers found the suspect near 4700 South and Bangerter Highway, but he fled in a vehicle.

Police said they stopped pursuing of the man after the chase became too dangerous. Michael Coleman, West Valley City Police, said the man left the vehicle behind during his escape.

“The suspect continued to flee the area,” he said. “A short time later, our officers were able to locate the suspect’s vehicle abandoned in a neighborhood.”

Unified police seek suspect in drive-thru robbery

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah –The Unified Police are looking for a gunman who allegedly held up a fast food restaurant on Tuesday.

Unified Police said the man and a passenger came to the drive-thru window of the Burger King near 3900 West and 4700 South at about 2 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The man allegedly told the employee he had a gun and to give him all of the money. The employee complied, and no one was hurt.

Unified Police said they do not have a description of the suspect, but they’re looking through surveillance footage.

Littering suspects lead police on foot chase

WEST VALLEY CITY, Utah–Two people are behind bars after a routine traffic stop for littering turned into a foot chase early Sunday morning.

West Valley City Police said they tried to pull a driver over for littering, but the suspects allegedly attempted to flee on foot.

Police said they used a police dog to track the suspects to a nearby home where they were hiding. The suspect already had a warrant out for his arrest. He was also booked into jail for possession of heroin.

Another passenger in the car is in jail on a warrant for drug related charges.