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A male and his friend try to "dine and dash," and the Jade Lion

Posted by Travis Uresk | April 4th, 2023 | Theft & Drugs |

By Travis Uresk


Vernal, Ut.- On 4/2/23, the complainant stated two males were trying to run away after taking $60. Officer Ross responded to the area and met with the complainant at the Sage Motel at approximately 5:30 pm.

Officer Ross met with a male known in the affidavit report as RK and asked him what happened today, and he stated he was at the Jade Lion with 32-year-old Stephen Larry Edwards.

RK stated Stephen ordered some food that he shared with RK. After they finished eating, Stephen told him he would pay for their meal and got out several cards. RK went outside to smoke a cigarette while Stephen paid for the meal.

RK saw Stephen leave the restaurant and walk towards the Sage Motel. Stephen walked up the stairs on the South end of the Motel and went back down the stairs on the Northwest side. Stephen was last seen walking toward the bus stop.

Officer Ross walked over to the Jade Lion to speak with the employee at the cash register, and that person provided the Officer with a receipt from Stephen's order. The bill amount was $52.

The employee stated Stephen didn't pay the bill because his card wasn't working, and he told her that he lived at the Sage Motel and would come back to pay the bill with some money.

Stephen Edwards was later located walking North on 100 West 250 North at around 11:00 pm.

Stephen stated he went to the Jade Lion and paid the bill 30 minutes before the interaction with the police, and the Jade Lion closes at 10:00 pm. Officer Ross informed Stephen that he had warrants and would be arrested.

Stephen was asked if he had anything illegal on his person that didn't belong inside a jail facility. He said yes and informed the Officer he had something in his pockets. A small clear baggy was found in Stephen's left front pocket. The baggy had a white powdery substance inside of it consistent with methamphetamine.

Edwards was placed in the back of the patrol vehicle and transported to the Uintah County Jail to be booked on charges of Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and Theft of Services.

While at the jail, Stephen informed jail Deputies that he had used meth approximately an hour ago.


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