West Wendover Police Officers Receive Recognition
On August 9, 2017, six members of the West Wendover Police Department received recognition for their efforts resulting in the apprehension of a suspect wanted from the Salt Lake City, Utah area for several felonious crimes. Unified Police Department personnel visited the West Wendover Police Department to present Division Commander Awards to the six West Wendover Police Department personnel.
Background: On July 12, 2017, Detective Adamson and Detective Wilson from Unified Police developed information that robbery suspect Thomas Riessen was in West Wendover. They responded to the area and contacted local law enforcement. Upon arrival, the Detectives met with Sgt.Hillaker, Sgt.Petro, Officer Turner, Officer Ramirez, Officer Love and Officer Pantelakis. Once the location of the suspect was determined the law enforcement team created a plan to safely and effectively take the suspect into custody without exposing the public to any potential threats; the plan was subsequently executed with success.
With suspect Thomas Riessen in custody Unified Police were able to clear six bank robberies and two Metro PCS cell phone store robberies. This included four bank robberies in the Unified Police Department jurisdiction including those in Salt Lake City and Sandy as well as the two Metro PSC store robberies in Salt Lake City and West Valley City.
Pictured from left to right: Unified Police Detective Brent Adamson, Unified Police Detective Jeremy Wilson, Unified Police Sergeant Tim Duran, Unified Police Captain Kris Ownby, West Wendover Police Detective Brad Hillaker, West Wendover Police Officers Miguel Pantelakis, Peter Turner and Cutter Love.
Not pictured: West Wendover Police Sergeant Catherine Petro and Police Officer Tomas Ramirez