Man arrested for Park City truck theft in Granby

Waddell Harper

A Utah man was arrested in Granby after police connected him to a stolen truck parked at City Market.

On July 27, Granby police responded to a call about a suspicious person at the Country Ace Hardware who had been looking in cars in the parking lot before leaving in a white Ford truck with Utah plates. Around 11:30 a.m., police located the truck parked at City Market and identified the driver as Waddell Harper, 66, according to the arrest affidavit.

The truck had been reported stolen from Park City, Utah, the day before and Utah police said Harper could be seen on surveillance footage taking the car. Utah police assisted in identifying Harper after he initially gave Granby officers a fake name and birthday.

The affidavit said Harper admitted to taking the truck, which had been left running with the keys in the ignition, as well as stealing a handgun, a cell phone and a wallet from a car in Kremmling while the owner was fishing.

Additionally, Harper’s license had been revoked and Utah police said he was facing multiple felonies in the state unrelated to the stolen truck.

According to the affidavit, the Kelly Blue Book value of the stolen truck ranged from almost $9,000 to $11,600.

Harper is facing charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal trespassing, theft and driving without a license.

He is scheduled to be in Grand County Court on Aug. 16.

Editor’s note: The 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office contacted the newspaper to correct the defendant’s name to Waddell Harper. Harper was listed under an alias on the arrest affidavit.

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