1 arrested, 1 at large after string of Cottonwood Heights car burglaries

1 arrested, 1 at large after string of Cottonwood Heights car burglaries

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COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Police arrested one man and are looking for another after they say a Cottonwood Heights resident held them at gunpoint after they attempted to break into a vehicle car Friday morning.

Police received a call at about 4 a.m. from a Cottonwood Heights resident who said they heard a noise outside their house, according to Cottonwood Heights Police Lt. Dan Bartlett. When the resident went out to investigate, Bartlett said they found two men attempting to break into the resident's car. The resident called police and then held the two men at gunpoint until police arrived.

“The two gentlemen went off running” when police showed up, Bartlett said. Police apprehended one of the men, Greg Allred, 33, who admitted to breaking into multiple vehicles that night. Between 12 and 13 vehicles had been broken into in the Cottonwood Heights area that morning, police said.

The other man escaped, Bartlett said, but police know “who he is … and we’re actively looking for him.” He declined to release additional details.

Police found the vehicle the men had been driving and said that it contained numerous items “backpacks and purses” that had been stolen from the vehicles broken into that morning.

Bartlett said police are “pretty certain that this is a group that has been hitting our neighborhoods in the last couple weeks.”

Police declined to release address where the break-in occurred as well as the name and gender of the resident who held the men at gunpoint.

Bartlett does caution against taking such actions, however.

“It could bring on a confrontation I don’t know if he really wanted.”

Instead, he said, police would prefer for witnesses “to watch them and give us as much details as we can possibly get.” Freeman Stevenson is a web producer at KSL.com

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