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A Man Tries To Break Into A Home In Fruitland Because “He Needed To Charge His Phone.”

Posted by Travis Uresk | May 14th, 2023 | Burglary |

By Travis Uresk


Fruitland, Ut.- On 5/8/23, Deputy Reed was called to a burglary in progress in the area of 46000 W Bandana Dr. Neighbors called in saying a male with a backpack was trying to get into one of the homes.

When Deputy Reed arrived and spoke with the complainant, they said the male was on the main road at 46450 West Bandana Road. The suspect, later identified as 54-year-old Harold Herbert Norton, was standing next to a UTV talking to the complainant.

Deputy Reed asked Harold about the incident, and he stated he was trying to get into a friend's house because he needed to charge his phone to get a ride to work in the morning. Harold then stated he was told by the complainant the home he was trying to get into that person had passed away a couple of years ago.

The Deputy searched Harold to make sure he didn't have any weapons. Harold stated he did have a leatherman and possibly a baggie.

Deputy Reed found a plastic bag with marijuana, a rainbow-colored pipe, and a lighter. In the left front pocket of his jacket was a pack of Pall Mall cigarettes. Inside the pack of cigarettes was a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette.

Deputy Reed ran Harold's name through dispatch and found he had a warrant out of Heber, Utah, for possession of a controlled substance for $2,500.

Deputy Reed then spoke with the complainant, and they said they had watched Harold walk into two of the garages and attempt to gain entry to the main residence. After Harold was not able to get into the home, he left on foot, and that is when the complainant stopped him on the road in the UTV.

Harold Norton was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of a controlled substance, and burglary. He was then transported to the Duchesne County Jail.


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