Vandalism and thefts rampant in area


EVANSTON — Thieves and vandals have been doing a number on much of Uinta County in the last little while.

Two trailer thefts, one Dodge Ram and a truck left on the railroad tracks at Aspen Tunnel east of Evanston. These types of things keep popping up to keep local law enforcement agencies busy.

The latest report was of a theft of a White enclosed trailer containing two side-by-sides, which was stolen from a residence in Lyman during the early morning hours of Aug. 2.

The Uinta County Law Enforcement Facebook post said, “The trailer may have been taken by someone driving a late model white Ram 2500 pick up. If you have any information that can help solve this crime, please contact the Lyman Police Department at 307-787-6500. Your information can also be shared by text to Crime Stoppers at 307-708-CASH (2274). Your information could be worth a reward up to $1,000. You can remain anonymous.”

The Sheriff’s Office also posted two items Monday, Aug. 2, a stolen flatbed trailer and a stolen 2019 Ram ¾ ton truck. One of these was stolen in Evanston and the other in Bridger Valley. The “10' x 7' black frame with wooden deck flatbed single axle trailer” was reported stolen between July 29 and July 31, for the area of County Road 173 and County Road 180 south of Evanston and transported the trailer to the area of County Road 202, just off I-80 exit 30 in Fort Bridger.

The Sheriff’s Office is requesting anyone with any information on moving the trailer to contact the Sheriff’s Office. They have also asked if anyone would have any cameras in the described areas to provide the footage, which may include some of the action.

The other incident reported Monday said the Dodge Ram had a long truck bed and was stolen from the Bridger Valley area between the hours of 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 1 and 4 a.m. Monday, Aug. 2. The vehicle has 19 County plates.

Also stolen out of another truck was 90 gallons of diesel and several thousand dollars in tools. Camper window was broken and solar panel along with lawn chairs gone.

The Sheriff’s Office is asking for anyone with any information or if anyone sees or knows of anyone selling fuel or tools, pipe wrenches, crescent wrenches to come forward. Tips can be given to the Sheriff’s Office at 307-783-1000. In addition, information can be provided (on the theft of the truck) anonymously to Crimestoppers by test message: 307-708-2274. Information leading to an arrest could be eligible for a reward.

Last week the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office posted on their Facebook page, “The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on an incident that occurred on Sunday afternoon, July 18, in the area of the Aspen Tunnels. A maroon Ford F-150 was abandoned and stuck on the railroad tracks shutting down train traffic in the area for 6 hours while the vehicle was carefully removed and the tracks inspected for damage. Information gathered at the scene leads investigating Deputies to believe, Robert Finney of Evanston was the driver of the vehicle. Robert Finney is also wanted on a Felony Probation Revocation Warrant.”

When checking with Uinta County Sheriff Doug Matthews last week following the post, Matthews said, Finney turned himself in after the Sheriff’s Office had posted his picture.

According to a report released this week by Quote Wizard, auto thefts in Wyoming had increased 26 percent. Thefts in the county are more prevalent on the Sheriff’s log.

Both the Uinta County Sheriff’s log and the Lyman Police Department logs have reported several vandalisms and thefts.



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