Kenneth Luther Hampton, age 59 of the Moab area, was arrested at a cabin near Old La Sal on November 18. He faces a slew of charges related to at least seven burglaries in the area.
The break in the case came from a surveillance camera system set up in the cabin. The motion-activated camera notified the cabin owner via his cellular telephone and the internet as the break-in occurred.
A Utah Highway Patrol trooper and two Sheriff deputies responded to a call and arrived before the burglar could leave the cabin.
After a brief standoff, Hampton surrendered. He was carrying a 22-caliber pistol at the time of the arrest.
Officials state that Hampton admitted to six other break-ins of isolated home and cabins in the area. The burglaries resulted in several thousand dollars in stolen gas, food, tools and the 22-caliber pistol that was recovered during the arrest.
San Juan County Sheriff Rick Eldredge reports that Hampton faces at least six felony burglary charges, an aggravated burglary felony, a felony theft charge, and six misdemeanor theft charges.
Eldredge encourages area residents to consider a surveillance system. “It costs just a few hundred dollars to have a system like this,” said Eldredge, “and it can pay for itself quickly.”
Hampton is from Texas but has spent recent months in the Moab area.