Law enforcement searching for two who allegedly stole truck, trailer before escaping

A Dodge Ram 1500 and the enclosed trailer it was towing sit on a sheep trail in the Uinta Mountains near Evanston. Local law enforcement believe the pickup and trailer were stolen and chased the pickup until it became disabled. Police say that’s when a male and female suspect fled on foot and hadn’t been found by press time.

EVANSTON — Local law enforcement is looking for a man and woman who they say stole a pickup and trailer and ditched it in the Uinta Mountains before escaping on foot Wednesday evening.

According to a press release from the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office issued Thursday morning, deputies were involved in a pursuit of a stolen vehicle from Cheyenne that was towing an enclosed trailer, which was stolen in Laramie.

During the pursuit, the vehicle, a two-tone gray Dodge Ram 1500 was traveling “south out of Evanston and onto an old sheep trail that leads to the south of Tokewanna Estates on County Road 271 (Meeks Cabin Dam Road),” according to the release.

The vehicle broke down on the sheep trail and two suspects, believed to be 34-year-old Sara Haliw and 44-year-old Taylor Steven Chadwick, fled on foot.

“Pursuing officers were unable to located the male and female in the darkness. Officers were positioned on County Road 271 during the night to check all vehicles leaving the area,” the release states.

The stolen trailer is red and has the words “Monteith Taxidermy,” along with a buck in black paint on at least one side of the trailer. It also has Monteith’s slogan, “Wildlife Artistry at its Finest,” painted in black beneath the deer logo.

Kevin Monteith of Monteith Taxidermy, who owns and operates the business with his brother, Kyle, in Laramie, said the trailer isn’t theirs.

“For the past year or so, it was not my trailer,” he said. “I traded it in about a year ago, and then a construction company here in Laramie bought it but my logos are still on there. I’m not even sure of the name of the construction company that bought it.”

Sgt. Brooke Hale with the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office said the pickup was stolen in Cheyenne and the trailer was stolen in Laramie.

Investigators believe Chadwick may have been wearing a yellow shirt when last seen. The press release indicates that Haliw is 5-feet, 5-inches tall, weighs 125 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Chadwick is believed to be 6-feet, 1-inch tall, weighing 210 pounds with blond hair and hazel eyes. Both subjects, according to the release, should be considered dangerous and should not be approached by citizens.

The sheriff’s office is asking community members to use caution if suspicious individuals or activities are seen in the area. Those with information are asked to call dispatch at 307-783-1000.

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