UVU Police Nab Felony Serial Collegiate Burglary Suspect
October 11, 2012
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Written by: Mike Rigert (801) 863-6807
Utah Valley University’s Police Department arrested a suspect Oct. 5 near University Mall in Orem wanted by law enforcement agencies in at least three states for a series of felony burglaries to university athletic facilities and offices.
Teto Peter Faust, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was taken into custody after UVU police located a 2004 Toyota Corolla parked near the Cinemark University Mall matching the description of the suspect’s stolen vehicle. Police were notified by an alert UVU employee who saw the vehicle and thought it looked remarkably similar to a photo taken from security camera footage from a Sept. 23 burglary of Brent Brown Ballpark’s Orem Owlz and UVU Baseball offices and facilities.
Detective Kelly Liddiard with UVU police said investigators found a large quantity of stolen property, including laptop computers and a large collection of collegiate athletic merchandise, in Faust’s stolen vehicle, totaling more than $10,000 in value.
“His back window was filled with stolen ball caps with collegiate logos,” said UVU police officer Bryan Cunningham.
Faust, who was using the alias Phillip Inder, was positively identified through fingerprints by assistance from the FBI. When arrested, he was found in possession of several stolen forms of identification, both altered and unaltered, and the stolen car. The suspect resisted arrest and attempted to flee at the time he was taken into custody.
Cunningham, who assisted UVU police Sgt. Justin Sprague in Faust’s arrest, said the suspect is wanted on non-bailable warrants in connection to felony burglary charges in at least three states, including Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, as well as burglaries to university athletics facilities including UVU, BYU, Adams State College in Alamosa, Colo., Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo. and Boise City High School in Oklahoma.
Faust, who has several felony convictions in Colorado, is being held in the Utah County Jail in Spanish Fork, Utah, pending five second-degree felony counts of burglary, theft of a stolen vehicle, illegal drug possession, forgery and fraud, among other pending charges related to identity theft. Ten third-degree felony counts are also pending.
One felony count of aggravated sexual abuse of a child is pending against Faust in Colorado Springs.
UVU police investigators are currently coordinating their efforts with law enforcement officials in Colorado Springs, El Paso County, N.M. and Albuquerque, N.M. to determine if other burglaries and thefts at institutions of higher learning can be linked to Faust.
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utahís largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education.