Estimated read time: 1-2 minutes
This archived news story is available only for your personal, non-commercial use. Information in the story may be outdated or superseded by additional information. Reading or replaying the story in its archived form does not constitute a republication of the story.
SALT LAKE CITY — Police arrested a Salt Lake man after he allegedly broke into a luxury car dealership in downtown Salt Lake City and damaged several expensive cars while trying to steal one of them.
Hercule Brown, 22, allegedly entered Ferrari Maserati of Salt Lake, 543 S. State, late Tuesday, with the intention of stealing a blue 2014 Bentley, said Salt Lake police detective Michael Ruff.
But the Bentley was blocked by several other cars. Brown broke into a locked cabinet and took 21 key fobs, according to a police affidavit.
He then backed a white Lexus into a gray Ferrari before driving the Lexus into a garage bay wall, the affidavit states.
“(Brown) also struck a black Lotus causing damage to the driver’s side of the vehicle. The passenger window of the Lotus was also smashed in,” according to the affidavit.
Brown then loaded up the Bentley with “Ferrari brand luggage, computers, printer, phones, art pieces and other miscellaneous items” he had stolen from inside the shop, according to the affidavit.
But he ultimately was not able to steal the Bentley. Police located Brown walking away from the dealership and arrested him. He was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of 24 counts of theft and burglary, and four counts of criminal mischief.
Police were still compiling a total damage estimate on Wednesday to the cars and the building.
On Feb. 7, Brown was charged in Salt Lake Justice Court with trespassing for allegedly breaking into the Boys and Girls Club, 567 W. 300 North, and stealing tools, according to a police affidavit.
His long criminal history also includes incidents of theft and assault by a prisoner, according to court records.