UV crime: Suspect arrested in tip jar thefts, man shot by illegal hunter

Chad Washburn was arrested earlier this week for stealing the tip jar from the Coffee Pod. (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Chad Washburn was arrested earlier this week for stealing the tip jar from the Coffee Pod. (Photo courtesy Provo police)

Coffee tip bandit

Provo police say they’ve arrested the man responsible for taking a tip jar at the Coffee Pod in Provo and a donation jar for a child with cancer from the Delipan Bakery in Provo.

Chad Washburn, 30, of Provo was arrested on Tuesday on two charges of theft. He’s also being held on a hold from Adult Probation and Parole.

Last week, before Washburn’s arrest, police in Orem and Lindon believed the same suspect also was responsible for taking a tip jar at the Juice and Java in Orem and stealing from a 7-Eleven in Lindon.

Police say Washburn was arrested because people recognized Washburn from surveillance footage of the theft that the Coffee Pod posted online, and called police.

Provo trail rape case

Attorneys for the woman who was raped, beaten and left for dead on the Provo River Trail in 2010 by a man who’d escaped from a Utah County Jail work release program, want the state’s Supreme Court to let her sue the county. Her attacker, Shawn Michael Leonard, is serving a life sentence in prison.

Her case against Utah County, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office and companies involved in the work release program was dismissed by a 4th District judge. On Thursday her attorneys argued to the Utah Supreme Court that her lawsuit should be allowed to continue.

The justices will issue a ruling at a later date.

Sex abuse sentence

A man who sexually abused troubled teens at a group home in Spanish Fork will spend one to 15 years in prison.

In September, 60-year-old Wade Russell pleaded no contest to 12 counts of forcible sexual abuse. On Thursday a judge sentenced him to one to 15 years in prison on each count, but the sentences will run concurrently. The judge recommended that he get credit for the 365 days he served in jail prior to sentencing. He also was ordered to pay a $228,396 fine.

Illegal hunting

On Saturday a man working in a Springville parking lot was hit in the neck by a stray shotgun blast. He wasn’t seriously injured.

Police believe a person illegally hunting in the city limits is responsible, though the person hasn’t been caught. The injured man and two other people with him told police they saw a large black dog that may have been with the hunter. The pheasant hunt started on Saturday.

If you have information about the shooting, call police at (801) 489-9421.

Theft arrest

On Oct. 31, paramedics and police were called to check on a homeless man on the grass on 500 West in Provo. He was fine, but police asked him if they could check his backpack. He agreed, and inside they reportedly found cell phones, two checks that weren’t his and items commonly used to commit burglary. They then searched him and found credit cards, IDs, meth and heroine, according to police.

Bradley Gilbert, 28, was arrested on charges of possession of burglary tools, possession of another person’s ID, resisting arrest, possession or use of a controlled substance, unlawful possession of a credit card, theft by receiving stolen property and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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