What Happens in Vegas Gets Tracked to Utah: A Crime Story

A man who hooked up with a woman in Las Vegas earlier this month discovered, after waking up in his hotel room alone the next morning, the absence of his wallet, cell phone and Apple Watch. It sounds like the plot of a predictable Hollywood comedy, but this real-life story took some unexpected, and dark, turns.

The reality of crime intersects with the fantasy of Las Vegas more often than tourists would like to think. (Image: theguardian.com)

Instead of reporting the theft to police and chalking it up to experience, the victim responded with some creative, and successful, detective work. When he purchased a new cell phone, the man used it to track his old one. This led him to St. George, Utah, an outdoor recreation hotspot about two hours northwest of Las Vegas.

Phoney Business

While honing in on his old phone’s signal, the man spotted the woman he knew only as “Stephanie” driving an Acura SUV with Nevada plates. According to the St. George News, he followed her to a motel, from which he phoned local police. When the responding officers showed the man a photo of the vehicle’s owner, he identified her as the woman he had spent the evening with two days earlier.

Jennifer Leann Gularek, 30, admitted to police having just been in Las Vegas — because she lives there — but denied possessing any of the complainant’s property. According to the newspaper’s report, police obtained a warrant to search the suspect, her room and her vehicle. In the SUV, officers say they found the complainant’s phone and a bank card issued in his name.

Here Comes the Dark Part…

Police say they also found and confiscated a Glock handgun they learned was reported as stolen in 2011 by the Las Vegas Metro Police Department, along with a plastic baggie filled with bullets. Also in the SUV was a large stack of casino loyalty cards with magnetic strips on the back. According to the officers, these are commonly used to clone stolen credit and bank cards.

The suspect admitted spending the evening with the complainant, police said, but claimed she merely borrowed his bank card during a shopping trip and forgot to return it. She said the firearm was purchased at a Las Vegas gun show, though she was unable to produce a receipt for the sale. And she offered no explanation as to how the complainant’s cell phone got in her SUV.

The suspect was arrested and taken to Purgatory Correctional Facility (yes, it’s a real place) and faces one count each of unlawful acquisition, possession or transfer of a financial card and unlawful use of a financial card. All are third-degree felonies. She also faces three misdemeanor charges, including two counts of theft by receiving stolen property and one count of obstruction of justice.

She was released after posting bond a day later.

Be careful out there, folks!

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