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Man arrested in burglary a week after pleading guilty in drug case

By Pat Reavy, Deseret News

Published: Thu, Aug. 21 2:05 p.m. MDT

 Adam Cloward, who has a lengthy criminal history, was arrested again Wednesday thanks to alert neighbors. His arrest comes one week after pleading guilty in his last criminal case.

Adam Cloward, who has a lengthy criminal history, was arrested again Wednesday thanks to alert neighbors. His arrest comes one week after pleading guilty in his last criminal case.

(Salt Lake County Jail)

SALT LAKE CITY — A man who pleaded guilty a week ago to felony drug possession was arrested again Wednesday after residents spotted him allegedly trying burglarize a car in their neighborhood.

Adam David Cloward, 29, was arrested just before 8 p.m. for investigation of vehicle burglary, trespassing and possession of drug paraphernalia.

A woman arrived at home Wednesday to find Cloward with a bicycle on her porch, according to Salt Lake police. He took off, and the woman and her husband followed Cloward and watched as he burglarized a neighbor's vehicle at 1212 East 700 South, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report.

The couple held Cloward on the ground until police arrived. Investigators learned that the bicycle was taken from a shed the night before, according to the report. Detectives say Cloward was carrying several glass pipes when he was arrested.

The incident comes just a week after Cloward avoided being sent back to the Utah State Prison.

On Aug. 13, Cloward was convicted of drug possession, a third-degree felony, and given a suspended prison term. In that incident, a Utah Transit Authority officer found Cloward with a box in his backpack that contained methamphetamine, according to court documents.

Cloward's lengthy criminal history also includes a charge of disorderly conduct in April and a conviction of misdemeanor trespassing in March. He was convicted of attempted obstruction of justice in 2012, for which he was sentenced to up to a year in jail. In 2009, Cloward was convicted of trespassing and sentenced to up to five years at the Utah State Prison, according to court records. In 2006 he was sentenced to one to 15 years at the prison on a robbery conviction.

Email: preavy@deseretnews.com

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1. SharpHooks
Lake Sammamish, WA,
Aug. 21, 2014

If he had just gone to his MENSA meetings, as scheduled, none of this would ever have happened.

2. lost in DC
West Jordan, UT,
Aug. 21, 2014

who was the judge who allowed him to stay out of prison?