BALLARD, Uintah County — A woman in Uintah County says a group of burglars stole thousands of dollars worth of tools and other items from her home in October, and she believes the theft might be related to other burglaries in the Uintah Basin area.
However, a Uintah County sheriff’s deputy told KSL his office has no evidence to suggest they’re connected.
Ballard resident Melissa Thompson says her house was ransacked sometime during the night of Oct. 26.
“They literally took everything. They completely wiped the house out,” she said.
Among items taken from her house were an industrial leather sewing machine worth about $3,000, a flat-screen TV and another $7,500 worth of tools and other supplies.
Thompson said she posted about the theft on Facebook and it quickly got attention from about 25 other people in the Uintah Basin area who said they had also been burglarized.
Uintah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Fletcher said in an email Wednesday there’s no evidence to suggest Thompson’s case is related to any other burglaries in the area.
He said the sheriff’s office has some “active cases that are ongoing,” but he did not provide specific details about the cases.
The home that was burglarized is one that Thompson and her family own but are getting ready to sell, so it was mostly empty. Still, the thieves cleared out almost every item that remained in the home.
Thompson said whoever is burglarizing homes in the area is watching homes and waiting until people leave and the homes are empty. Tools are the main items that are being stolen.
A friend had $20,000 in cash stolen, as well as another $20,000 worth of tools and some family heirloom jewelry, she said. Another friend had a large amount of wire pulled out of an irrigation pivot.
Thompson said she wants to help get the word out about the situation so that others can make moves to protect themselves, their homes and their property.
“People need to be aware of this that it’s happening and get security or something,” she said.
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