WEBER COUNTY (ABC4 News) – A man was arrested after deputies said phoned-in a false report of a man with a gun near a Weber County high school.
A Weber County Sheriff’s sergeant came across a stolen truck near 4500 West 1600 North in Plain City around 7:15 a.m. Thursday.
As the sergeant was investigating the truck, a call came into the Weber Area Dispatch reporting a man walking toward Fremont High School with a rifle.
The sergeant who was a block away responded to the scene. As a precaution, Fremont High School was put on lockout mode. The man with the rifle was never found because it appeared to be a false report, according to authorities.
When the sergeant returned to the area of the stolen truck, it had been moved. Deputies later found it abandoned a few miles away. Detectives returned to the original location of the truck with possible suspect information.
Eventually, Kevin Powers, 28, of Plain City, was arrested after he was found at his home. Investigators said Powers told them he called in the false report because he knew it would get an emergency response and he didn’t want to be linked to the stolen truck.
“Police agencies encounter these false reports on occasion and it always entails a quick and massive response by law enforcement, especially when our kids are involved,” said Weber County Sheriff’s Office in a statement.
Those that make these types of reports, once caught, face stiffer penalties. A false emergency report charge carries a possible sentence of 0-5 years in the Utah State Prison if convicted.