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Case Dismissed Against Man Once Accused Of Auto Shop Burglary

A man once charged in 1st District Court with the alleged burglary of a Smithfield auto body shop had his case dismissed on Monday.

Ryan Paul Dean, 39, had been charged with third-degree theft and third-degree burglary for an incident alleged to have happened on Dec. 27 and was set to appear for a preliminary hearing on Monday.


During Dean’s appearance, however, Cache County prosecutor Jacob Gordon told the court the alleged victim in the case had moved out of the country and it was unclear if or when he would ever return.


Gordon asked the court to dismiss the case without prejudice — allowing for prosecutors to possibly refile the charges — and Judge Brandon Maynard granted Dean’s release from the Cache County Jail. Read the rest of the story on


This story is made possible thanks to a community reporting partnership between The Herald Journal and Utah Public Radio.