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    A man and woman who allegedly ignored several warnings against camping illegally in Grand County during the COVID-19 outbreak were arrested last week on theft and drug charges, as well as for allegedly violating health laws.

    Robert John Letterman, 56, and 55-year-old Joy Letterman Featherston were taken into custody after a Grand County Sheriff’s deputy and Utah Highway Patrol trooper responded to the bike path near Arches National Park in response to a “suspicious person” call.

    According to the deputy, Letterman said he had been having trouble with his Ford pickup and was headed back there. The deputy gave Letterman a ride to his truck. He reportedly admitted to being warned several times about the camping ban.

    The deputy ran a computer check on the 2020 F150 and it came back as stolen out of California.

    Featherston exited the truck upon the deputy’s arrival and the deputy put both of them in restraints and advised them of their rights.

    The deputy said the woman refused to speak, but Letterman allegedly admitted there was a marijuana pipe in the headliner compartment. He reportedly said the truck was a rental that was supposed to be returned in early March.

    A search of the vehicle allegedly revealed the pipe, as well as a straw with methamphetamine residue that was reportedly in the woman’s purse, and a container that had weed residue.

    Each faces charges of vehicle theft, a felony; possession of controlled substances, marijuana, a misdemeanor; possession of drug paraphernalia, a misdemeanor; and violation of public health laws, notices or ordinances, also a misdemeanor.

    Featherston was additionally charged with a second drug charge for the straw that was allegedly in her purse.

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