Speeding tickets are common and can give BYU-Idaho students a sense of breaking the law; however, these five crimes show that Rexburg has experienced car crashes, robberies and visits from criminals wanted by the FBI.
1. The AK-47 Bandit visits Rexburg
Bank robberies have been on the decline due to the small payout and improved security that banks have established, according to the Washington Post.
Even with a decline in this crime, there were seven attempted bank robberies in Idaho in 2012. One incident took place at the East Idaho Credit Union in Rexburg, according to FBI.
The AK-47 Bandit later revealed to be Richard Gathercole, went into the bank with an assault rifle and ordered the employees and customers into the vault, according to the Rexburg Police Department. After the robber got the money, he fled and would soon continue his chain of bank robberies in Nebraska.
The AK-47 Bandit was soon apprehended and arrested on charges of attempted murder, theft and many others.
2. The hidden camera that revealed a darker secret
Police arrested and booked Devan MacCabe, 23, of Salem, Utah, on Jan. 20, 2017, the Scroll reported. He was charged with voyeurism after it was discovered he hid a camera in a girl’s apartment.
“Six girls living in the La Jolla apartments called us and said they found a camera in their bathroom,” said Rexburg Police Capt. Randy Lewis to EastIdahoNews.com.
The camera was disguised as a towel hanger and was installed in the bathroom.
This crime took many by surprise, including the ex-fiancé of MacCabe, who was planning to get married until the camera was discovered in her bathroom.
“I was shocked when Devan was arrested for his secret camera,” said Rachel Marksworth, a Rexburg resident acquainted with MacCabe. “Devan was a nice guy who did his best in church, but each person does have their greatest temptation.”
MacCabe was sentenced with a suspended prison term of 2 to 5 years with five years of supervised sex-offender probation. Due to Idaho law, MacCabe was not required to register as a sex offender since it was his first offense.
3. The car chase on Main Street
An Idaho Falls man led police in a car chase after witnesses spotted the driver in St. Anthony, according to the Idaho State Journal. The chase ended in a car crash on Main Street outside the Romance Theater on Aug. 19, 2016.
The crash involved six vehicles, resulting in at least three people sent to the hospital.
4. “Appalling and nightmarish drug case”- Judge Gregory Moeller
Rexburg police arrested five people on May 11, 2017, during a drug investigation in a home at 375 W. Main St.
The people that were charged were Cody Dean Dillard, Amber Rae Jones-Kairis, Evelyn Guadalupe Godinez, Andrew James Reynolds, Mark Lee Jones and Nicole Peterson.
Jones was charged with six felony counts of delivery of a controlled substance and two misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance. Everybody else involved with the crime received misdemeanor charges.
“When you were arrested, it was absolutely appalling and nightmarish to the court,” said District Judge Gregory Moeller, the judge presiding over the case. “When the police executed their warrant to your home, they found you living in absolute squalor in a house filled with the scent of animal urine, and animal feces laying about the floor. They found drug paraphernalia throughout the home (and) knives and machetes.”
5.High noon in Rexburg
On Jan. 25, 2015, a man of Driggs, Idaho, attempted to rob the Walgreens on Main Street.
The man, later identified as Darryl Myler, stole medication and then fled outside of Key Banks. Where, shots were exchanged between police and Myler, according to the Rexburg Police Department press release.
The exchange ended in Myler being injured. He later died while being taken to Madison Memorial hospital.