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Car burglaries leave more than a dozen vehicles damaged

By Shara Park | Posted - Apr. 20, 2012 at 1:07 p.m.


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DRAPER — A rash of burglaries across three cities left at least 17 vehicles damaged after being broken into overnight, according to residents.

Friday morning, residents in South Jordan, Sandy and Draper reported 4, 3, and 10 vehicles broken into, respectively. Police don't know if the same person or group of people responsible across the cities, or if they were unrelated. Police suspect the car break-in's all occurred between 10pm and 7am. They say it appears to have been planned out.

"This appears to be someone who has scouted the neighborhood or selected this particular neighborhood to do this to every car that was available to them," Draper Police Department Sgt. Kurt Imig said.

The burglaries caused thousands of dollars of damages in addition to the thefts.

Terry Reynolds's truck was parked in front of his house in the area of 900 East and 15300 South when its passenger's side window was broken into last night. Reynolds said whoever broke into his vehicle rummaged through the vehicle's glove box and console, but didn't find anything to steal. The window they broke to get into the cab, however, will cost a couple hundred dollars to repair.


This appears to be someone who has scouted the neighborhood or selected this particular neighborhood to do this to every car that was available to them.

–- Draper Police Department Sgt. Kurt Imig said.


On Reynolds' street in Draper, nearly every car was broken into overnight. Like Reynolds, many of them spent part of their morning clearing broken glass from their vehicles.

Ken Sandlin is another resident who was targeted overnight. Unfortunately for him, the burglar got away with his wallet and GPS device, which were both left in his car. Friday morning he found some of the contents of his wallet tossed around the neighborhood.

"I'll have to call and cancel credit cards, but I got my Costco cards back so I don't have to cancel those, and my license," Sandlin said.

Police say the value of the stolen items will not equal the damage caused to the cars. They say they're now working with homeowners who have surveillance video of last night that identify the suspect or suspects.

Residents say they feel violated and want whoever is responsible to be caught.

"I don't understand breaking things like this, I don't understand what their mentality is unless its drugs or something," Reynolds said.

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