Man Attempts, Fails Robbery of Two Utah Businesses

Man Fails Attempted Robbery

Photo: Mike Mozart

A man is being sought as a suspect for the attempted robbery of two separate businesses on Saturday, August 30. Both times, the man was easily dissuaded from his course of action and left with no money.

Must Not Have Needed Money That Bad

On Saturday morning, the suspect, a male described as approximately 5 feet 7 inches wearing a red University of Utah hoodie, entered a Subway restaurant in West Valley City. He asked the cashier for money but was told there wasn’t any in the store. Deciding that made perfect sense, the first attempted robbery was thwarted, and the man moved on to the next location, a Family Dollar store. At this location, after asking for money, the man was told he would have to wait. Clearly the suspect had other more pressing engagements because he decided not to wait, instead leaving the store on foot and entering a white passenger vehicle.

Police are still looking for the suspect.

Robbery Charges Still Possible

Even though the suspect was unsuccessful in his half-hearted attempts, if he is caught, he could still be charged with robbery. According to Utah Code 76-6-301, a person may be convicted of robbery if they “unlawfully and intentionally take or attempts to take personal property in the possession of another”. This extends to the owner of the establishments, even if they weren’t personally there for the crime. The tricky part in this particular crime is that it requires the use of “force or fear.” In neither instance was it reported that the man threatened violence. He simply asked for money. As one commenter stated on the KSL news website, “What’s the difference between this guy… and a panhandler on the street holding a sign ‘asking for money’?”

If more details surface including a threat of force or violence, robbery constitutes a second degree felony, punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. If you or someone you know has been charged with robbery, seek the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney who knows your rights. After all, maybe you were really just asking for money.

Utah State Prison Unveils New 100% Organic Food Menu, which is Now Gephardt Approved!

The Utah State Prison announced a new and improved meal plan for inmates. The new menu plan includes an emphasis on lean meats, which includes turkey, chicken and fish, rather than the traditional “mystery meat” that questionably fit for human consumption. The menu also includes 100% organic locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Utah Board of Pardons released the following statement:
Serving organic, fresh food will in the long term improve inmate health. The new meal plan will actually reduce the medical costs for inmates. Because the public would rather fund prisons than schools, we need to accept the fact that Utah’s prison population will continue to grow older and older. Due to the longer prison sentences the average age of inmates has increased significantly, thus healthy food options are a smart move. In addition, we are very proud to be the first correctional institution that is Gephardt Approved!

Achieving Gephardt Approved status was a very difficult and challenging process. Mr. Gephardt himself spent 2 1/2 weeks in the gang unit wing of the prison to understand the Prison and to make sure he personally approved of the menu changes. Inmates in the gang unit were initially skeptical of Mr. Gephardt, but ultimately the Peckerwoods accepted him. (Please see video below). They even gave him the moniker of “Papa Smurf “. The inmates and Mr. Gephardt spent time knitting winter hats for underprivileged children and making origami owls, flowers and panda bears for the Children’s Hospital. “I’ll never forget the two and half weeks I spent with the fellas at the point” Gephardt gushed “but I’ve got to move on and examine auto body shops, nail salons and plastic surgeons, who are also seeking my approval.” On a more serious note, Gephardt reaffirmed the need for prisons and stated “Thank God for prisons! Some of those inmates truly deserved to be locked up.”

Inmate Ima Freebird stated “It’s about time the prison changed the menu, I’ve had the exact same breakfast, lunch and dinner for 18 years. The attitude of my fellow inmates has improved along with the new and improved food. I have more energy and pep, and at the same time I’m lost that urge to stab my cellmate,who snores too much at night. Overall I’m happy with the menu changes and I’m glad the Prion is finally respecting my Vegan, Kosher meal choices.”

However, not everyone is exciting about the changes. Utah State Senator Quackenbush (not Gephardt Approved!), stated “the changes to the prison menu plan are outrageous. Who eats fruits and vegetables anyway? We should feed them McRib sandwiches all day, everyday.” Quackenbush added “Why do we always need to improve people’s lives? Why can’t we just help the corporations and rich folks that fund our campaigns? Corporations are people too.”

Peckerwood Video:

Illegal Drug Dealers Still Enjoying the Repeal of the Requirement to Pay Sales Tax on Their Products

Photo: StockMonkeys.com

Photo: StockMonkeys.com

Utah Senate Bill 243, which repealed the Illegal Drug Sales Tax Stamp Act almost two years, may still be heralded as one of the more important legislative measures ever to come before the governor.

Getting Rid of Pesky Laws

If you are asking yourself, “what was the Illegal Drug Sales Tax Stamp Act?” don’t despair–we’re here to keep you up-to-date on the vital matters that affect our fair state.

This act was designed to have dealers of illegal drugs purchase a tax stamp from the Utah State Tax Commission so that appropriate sales tax could be collected by the state of Utah. The amount of tax to be collected for the illegal drugs depended on the amount and type of drug.

$3.50 per gram of marijuana

$200 per gram of “controlled substance” like cocaine or heroin

$2000 per dosage unit of a controlled substance that wasn’t sold by weight

Believe it or not, 60% of the money collected for illegal drug taxes was earmarked for law enforcement agencies’ efforts to enforce controlled substance laws.

Illegal Drug Sales Tax Law Not Meant to Get Folks in Trouble

Lest you think that this Act was created in order to catch illegal drug dealers, don’t worry. No identifying information was to be collected from the dealer when purchasing the tax stamp(s), and any person who took it upon himself to disclose any information obtained from a illegal drug sales tax stamp customer could find himself slapped with a class A misdemeanor for his efforts.

Not Likely Much Mourning with the Deletion of This Law

It’s not too hard to see why this particular law was repealed. There honestly couldn’t have been a whole lot of sales tax revenue being generated by law-abiding drug dealers paying sales tax on their product.

Since it’s not April 1, you can be assured that this particular blog post is not a joke. Sometimes, however, there are some entertaining laws (or repealing of that type of law) just too good to pass up on poking a little fun at.

Let an experienced Utah criminal defense attorney be your guide if you’ve been caught in the middle of any legal trouble. Make that important phone call today.