Car smashes into 2 separate home garages

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LAYTON — Two homeowners are a little shaken and very frustrated after a vehicle rammed into their garage doors over the weekend.

Layton police don't have much information and are asking for the public's help in solving this unsual form of vandalisms. Investigators believe the same person rammed an SUV into two garage doors, causing significant damage to both homes.

The first incident happened about 10:45 p.m. Sunday at a home at 257 W. 1275 North in Layton.

"My husband and I were just inside watching a TV show when we heard a really loud crash," Cassie Braegger said. "We thought some of our shelving had fallen down."

Turns out someone had smashed a vehicle into their garage door and pushed a vehicle parked inside into the house.

"There was substantial damage to the garage door, car and interior garage wall," said Layton Police Lt. Hinojosa.

Braegger says she's a little freaked out. "Someone hitting our house was the last thought on our mind," she said.

My husband and I were just inside watching a TV show when we heard a really loud crash. We thought some of our shelving had fallen down.

–Cassie Braegger

Fortunately, there were no injuries.

A little less than three hours later, a second garage was smashed at 80 E. 1150 North.

Jon Tablot was home sleeping when he heard a horrendous sound. "First I thought a tree fell on our house," he said. "(I) came running outside and that's when I saw the garage was just all buckled in."

The garage door will need to be replaced.

Based on tire tracks and blue paint left on the garage door from the SUV, detectives believe the same vehicle is responsible for both incidents. There was no known connection Tuesday between the two homes.

"It's kind of strange," Hinojosa said of the case. "We don't have any reason to believe these people were targeted for any particular reason."

Detectives believe the vehicles that smashed the garage doors was probably going about 10 mph. "It was not a high- speed collision," he said.

Anyone with information on the incidents can call Layton police at 801-497-8300.


Written with contributions from Pat Reavy

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