LOGAN — Law enforcement has captured a 25-year-old Logan man suspected of multiple vehicle thefts, traffic accidents, and evading police. Erasmo J. Garcia was booked into the Cache County Jail Thursday night. He is being held on suspicion of committing more than 20 felonies and misdemeanors.
Earlier this week, Logan City police asked for the public’s help locating Garcia. He had previously tried to flee from officers in a vehicle and ran away on foot.
Police announced Thursday night that after a coordinated effort with other law enforcement and probation agencies, Garcia had been taken into custody. They also expressed appreciation for the public’s help locating the suspect.
Earlier, Logan City Police Capt. Curtis Hooley said they believed Garcia was breaking into vehicles that were unlocked, stealing wallets, purses and other valuables. He advised residents to always lock car doors and don’t leave vehicles running unattended.
“It is that time of year where people are leaving their cars unattended with it running and that is an invitation to take that car,” said Hooley. “Unfortunately, people that are opportunists will do that.”
Hooley said in many cases, people leave their cars running to defrost the windows, giving thieves a chance to get into the vehicle.
“If you start it up, scrape the windows while you are there. The car will warm up as you drive. It only takes a couple minutes to scrape your windows and do it properly. Don’t run the risk of having your vehicle stolen that way.”
Last year, Garcia escaped from custody, walking away from a jail work release program. He was spotted days later in Hyrum and led deputies on a brief high-speed chase into Blacksmith Fork Canyon. Garcia was later sentenced to serve six-months in jail.
Jail booking records show that Garcia is being held in jail without bail. He is expected to be arraigned on formal charges next week.