A 32 year old Springville man was arrested after he was caught stealing property from Union Pacific Railroad in Spanish Fork Canyon.
*** PRESS RELEASE April 2, 2019 *** On March 27, 2019, Deputies with the Utah County Sheriff's Office responded to Spanish Fork Canyon in the area of mile marker 204 along US Highway 6 to a report of someone stealing property from Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Deputies spoke to UPRR employees who said when they arrived in that area they discovered that a lock on a gate had been cut and they found someone with a large flatbed truck about 50 yards from the railroad tracks. These employees reported that they found rolls of copper wire stacked on the bed of this flatbed truck. They found a man with the truck whom they identified as the same man, with the same flatbed truck, they saw in the same area several months earlier in 2018. The truck is registered to the suspect. Trespassing and theft in Spanish Fork Canyon has been an ongoing problem for UPRR Officials over the years.
The UPRR employees told Deputies the wire had been strung along poles adjacent to the tracks in that area. The several hundred feet of wire was valued at around $500.00. The flatbed truck was badly stuck in mud and the suspect, who is the owner of the truck, was trying to get it out. He denied cutting the wire down, and said he was only in the area as part of a non-profit organization cleaning up the area. He did, however, tell Deputies he intended to sell the copper wire for cash.
The suspect, Travis Jon Klett, age 32, of Springville, has an extensive criminal history including charges and convictions for theft, burglary, and drug offenses. Deputies arrested Klett and booked him into jail on the following charges:
-Theft with previous felony conviction, third degree felony
-Criminal mischief, class B misdemeanor
-Criminal trespass, class B misdemeanor
Bail has been set for these charges at $5,000.00 cash or bond.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office
Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO