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Sandra Yi ReportingMike Holmes: "I don't think this guy would have done this kind of damage if he didn't know me, cause there was just no reason to."
A man suspected in several brazen business burglaries is behind bars. Now police are looking for more suspects. The man is wanted for burglarizing six businesses in Lehi this week and stealing a safe containing 25 guns. But the burglary victims don't think he acted alone, and police agree.
They say 30-year old Ryan Ferguson is just one suspect in the burglaries, and they're glad he's off the street. Last night Ferguson ditched his pickup in a driveway and took off running. It didn't take long, for police to find him.
The chase began when officers tried to pull over his car. They had been running surveillance at his home in Sandy. Investigators found two handguns in his truck and 13 guns inside his apartment, all of them possibly stolen. They also found an undisclosed key piece of evidence at the scene of the burglaries that links Ferguson to the crimes.
Ferguson's neighbors say the man moved nto his apartment only a week ago. One neighbor said on the day of the burglary Ferguson came home with a safe in his truck.
Mike Holmes, whose business was hardest hit, is a trap shooter and had guns in his safe. He says, that safe is too heavy for someone to carry alone. He also says two sets of footprints were found at the construction site where a forklift was stolen, adding to the theory that Ferguson did not work alone.
Holmes says the arrest brings some relief.
Mike Holmes, Owner, Holmes Heating and Cooling: "I didn't want those guns on the street either. If they take those guns and sell them to whoever, drug dealers or anybody else, it's bad news."
Ferguson was arrested without any incident, but people who live in the area say someone could have gotten hurt. That's because Ferguson dropped or dumped a gun while he was on the run. A homeowner found a gun in his backyard and a bag containing what appeared to be drugs on the street.
Ferguson has an extensive criminal history, which includes drugs, vehicle burglaries and aggravated robbery. He could also face federal charges in this case, because of the large number of guns involved. Police are looking at persons of interest in the case, but they expect to have more suspects.