Cabin burglar arrested on several charges including 4 statewide warrants

Thomas L. Shupe, 36, was taken into custody after a brief pursuit that stemmed from a cabin owner's complaint of someone inside her cabin. (Photo: Weber County Jail)

(KUTV) -- An alleged cabin burglar was arrested Wednesday on 9 different counts including four warrants for his arrest out of 3rd District Court in Salt Lake City for $25,000.

Thomas L. Shupe, 36, was taken into custody after a brief pursuit that stemmed from a cabin owner's complaint of someone inside her cabin.

Weber County Sheriff's Deputies responded to 4980 North, state Route 39, on a report that a male suspect broke into a cabin and identified himself as Tim Shupe.

The complainant found Shupe asleep in her recliner chair inside her cabin's living room and took a picture of the man prior to him leaving on foot.

According to a probable cause statement, the cabin owner told investigating deputies that several prescription pill bottles were missing from the cabin, as well as several cans of beer. Furthermore, that she saw a black handgun in a black holster in his bag.

After continued investigation and a search further on S.R. 39, gun shots were heard coming from a private dirt access road near mile marker 32.

A total of 18 shots were heard. No one was struck or injured.

The investigating deputy spent an hour watching the area before deciding to return to the initial location of where Shupe was first spotted.

He was located by the deputy and U.S. Forest Service officers walking out from the private dirt access road where shots were heard with a beer in his hand and where other cabins are located.

His backpack was searched upon apprehension and contained cans of beer, a jar of marijuana, a can of pepper spray, black gloves, and a knife. A black handgun was retrieved off the access road believed to have been in Shupe's possession.

Shupe was immediately taken into custody. Officers also observed smoke coming from the inside of a cabin from the private access road where Shupe was apprehended.

The Weber County Fire Department was dispatched and put out the fire inside a “wood burning stove."

Shupe is a fugitive from Adult Probation & Parole out of Salt Lake City. He is facing two counts of second-degree felony burglary, second-degree felony of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person, and misdemeanor counts for criminal mischief, criminal trespass, possession of burglary tools, possession of a controlled substance and intoxication.

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