Logan man pleads guilty to stealing vehicle and merchandise

Booking photo for Steven W. Amaya-Wences (Courtesy: Cache County Jail).

LOGAN — A 24-year-old Logan man has confessed to stealing a car and more than $1,000 in merchandise from a gas station. Steven W. Amaya-Wences accepted a plea deal and will remain in jail until he is sentenced next month.

Amaya-Wences appeared in 1st District Court Wednesday afternoon. He waived his rights to a trial and pleaded guilty to burglary and theft, both third-degree felonies.

Cache County Deputy Attorney Barbara Lachmar told the court how on August 9, Amaya-Wences took the vehicle from his girlfriend, without her knowledge. He drove to a nearby convenience store, where security camera video caught him stealing the merchandise.

Amaya-Wences left the store and crashed the car nearby. When officers investigated, they found the stolen items inside.

Amaya-Wences was booked into jail and held without bail. He was on probation at the time of the arrest after previous convictions for assault and criminal mischief.

During Wednesday’s hearing, public defender Shannon Demler asked the court to consider releasing Amaya-Wences until sentencing.

Judge Brian Cannell said he was not inclined to release the defendant because of the offenses. He explained that he would consider granting credit for the time served during the past month.

Amaya-Wences was scheduled to be sentenced November 26. He could face up to a year in prison.


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