Smithfield man arrested and charged with stalking ex-girlfriend

LOGAN — A 25-year-old Smithfield man has been arrested and charged with stalking his ex-girlfriend. Luke J. Champlin was booked into the Cache County Jail, early on the morning of May 2.

According to a police report, the victim claimed that from March 30 to April 29, her vehicle and apartment were vandalized repeatedly. Several times the light bulbs on her front porch were stolen. She also found, “weird oil poured on her vehicle,” and on her front porch. Three other times, firecrackers exploded outside her bedroom window and front door.

The victim also reported additional damage to her car. She said that one of her tires was found flat, punctured by a screw. She later found another screw, placed behind a second tire that looked intentional. The door handles and valve stems had also been super glued.

She also told investigators that she started getting emails saying she had signed up for online accounts or subscriptions, she had never signed up for. The companies told her, someone had provided her personal information to create the accounts.

As the incidents continued, the victim installed a surveillance camera. It recorded a man walking around her car and front porch. He appeared to be carrying a milk jug in his hand and poured a liquid onto the front porch doormat. Investigators were able to match the liquid to the same substance found on the victim’s car.

While reviewing the surveillance video, the victim was able to identify Champlin as a possible suspect. The two had dated for about six-months, until they broke up in February.

On May 2, while officers were patrolling the neighborhood, Champlin was seen wandering around the victim’s home. He reportedly tried to run from officers when they yelled for him to stop. He was located later, several blocks away and taken into custody.

Prosecutors have filed 14 misdemeanor charges against Champlin, including stalking, criminal mischief and theft. He is scheduled to be arraigned in 1st District Court on May 29.

Champlin was in jail until he posted $10,000 bail on May 7.

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