Basin Man Charged with Multiple Thefts Around Basin

An increase in home and business robberies have kept law enforcement throughout the Basin busy investigating as well as arresting and charging those responsible. One man arrested and charged with thefts in Duchesne and Uintah County utilized storage sheds to stash his stolen treasures. 35-year-old Kenneth Swenson of Duchesne County has been charged in Duchesne County with Felony Theft, 4 counts of Theft by Receiving Stolen Property,  and 34 counts of Possession of a Dangerous Weapon by a Restricted Person. Court documents describe the Duchesne County Sheriff’s Office investigation in which a search warrant of storage units in Vernal showed welders, compressors and tool boxes that were suspected to be stolen material. The units belonged to Kenneth Swenson and the items matched previous reports of stolen materials. When interviewed about the items, Swenson at one point stated that he had stolen the items from a friend who owed him drug money among other things. During the interview he also revealed more items were located in other storage units in Vernal as well as in his sheds on his property in Fruitland. More items were recovered, identified in court documents as amounting to over $9,000 dollars. Swenson has an extensive criminal history that involves multiple thefts and burglaries.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.