Police: Ex-employee arrested for robbing St. George’s business after he was fired


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ST. GEORGE- A former employee of a Bluff Street auto parts store has been arrested for allegedly breaking into the business and stealing thousands of dollars worth of tools, as well as a rental vehicle from a nearby agency.

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After receiving a report of a burglary at a business, police responded to a Bluff Street auto parts store shortly after 8am on Wednesday.

After arriving at the scene, officers learned that more than $4,500 worth of tools had been stolen from the business, including tools belonging to two store employees, according to charging documents filed with the court. supporting the arrest. A laptop was also missing from the company.

While processing the scene for evidence, detectives received information that several sets of keys had been removed from a nearby car rental agency. This discovery was made by an employee earlier in the morning when he arrived to find several sets of keys that were no longer locked in their secure location, according to the report. And in addition to the keys, one of the rental vehicles was also missing, which police say was confirmed after a review of rental records indicating the vehicle was available and should therefore have been parked on field.

During the investigation, officers identified a potential suspect, Morgan Shilo Taylor, 36, a former auto company employee who was fired the previous month and left the company “on bad terms”, said noted the agent in the report.

Police say Taylor was fired for “corporate theft and drug use on the job” and refused to return the keys after he was fired from the company.

With no signs of forced entry, investigators said they suspect it may have been Taylor who gained access using the key he allegedly did not return. The CCTV recording system was also found to have gone offline, contributing to further evidence that the suspect had inside information before the break-in, the report said.

Additionally, a brief video clip recorded before the system went down shows a man wearing a baseball cap entering the store and walking towards the control panel, officers say, and seconds later the feed was cut off. .

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Investigators also learned that Taylor, as a former employee, would also have known information relating to the rental car business, given that it was next door to the store, including knowledge of the where the keys to rental vehicles were stored.

In the meantime, authorities collected GPS location data that tracked the missing rental vehicle, a black Nissan Altima, to a location less than three blocks from the lot from where it was allegedly taken. Officers found the Nissan abandoned. Inside, they located several sets of keys identical to keys taken from the rental desk.

After learning that Taylor was on probation, investigators contacted Adult Probation and Parole Services for assistance. An officer accompanied officers to a construction site at 100 South in St. George where they found Taylor working. He was later placed under arrest and transported to prison facing several charges, including one count of second-degree robbery and third-degree burglary.

When the case was reviewed by the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, the state filed three additional charges against the suspect, including one count of third-degree robbery and burglary, as well as one count of misdemeanor theft – bringing the total to five counts. filed in the case.

Taylor was found to have an extensive criminal history dating back more than a decade and includes cases and convictions filed in Salt Lake City and Fillmore County and Washington involving theft, narcotics and criminal offenses. weapons.

Following the arrest on Wednesday, the suspect remains in custody without bond.

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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