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West Wendover PD

From left: Salt Lake City Unified Police detectives Brent Adamson and Jeremy Wilson, Unified Police Sgt. Tim Duran, Unified Police Capt. Kris Ownby, West Wendover Police Detective Brad Hillaker, and West Wendover police officers Miguuel Pantelakis, Pete Turner and Cutter Love. Also recognized were West Wendover Police Officers Sgt. Catherine Petro and officer Tomas Ramirez.


WEST WENDOVER — Six members of the West Wendover Police Department were honored Wednesday for their efforts resulting in the apprehension of a bank robbery suspect wanted from the Salt Lake City area for several felonies.

Unified Police Department personnel visited the West Wendover Police Department to present Division Commander Awards to the six personnel.

Thomas Allen Riessen, 35, was identified on July 7 as the suspect in several robberies around the Salt Lake Valley, and a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a bank robbery on June 23.

On July 12, Detective Brent Adamson and Detective Jeremy Wilson developed information that Riessen was in West Wendover. They responded to the area and contacted local law enforcement. Upon arrival, the detective met with Sgt.Hillaker, Sgt.Petro, Officer Turner, Officer Ramirez, Officer Love and Officer Pantelakis.

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According to West Wendover police, once Riessen’s location was determined the law enforcement team created a plan to safely and effectively take him into custody without exposing the public to any potential threats.

With Riessen in custody Unified Police were able to clear six bank robberies and two Metro PCS cellphone store robberies, the department noted.


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