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Bank Burglar Strikes Again

Bank Burglar Strikes Again

Posted - Jul. 24, 2003 at 4:51 p.m.



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The bank burglar struck again! For the third time someone broke into a Salt Lake area bank during the night looking for cash. This time the burglar hit an insurance company as well.

One building houses two credit unions and an insurance company. Police say the thief smashed a window and climbed inside to start rummaging for money. The burglar also cut phone lines. Repair crews in charge of making the phone lines work again say right now, they look like spaghetti.

Don Ford, Sorenson Construction: “There's at least a hundred pair in there and they’re cut with pliers. I mean you can see they just grab hold of groups and just chop chop chop chop."

They think the thief started by ramming his vehicle into the box to break it open. Then he just ripped the wires apart, which wiped out the alarm system.

After that, police say he went for the window, breaking it to get inside and get to work.

Sgt. Lon Halterman, Salt Lake City Police Dept.: “Looks inside maybe some of the drawers he thought was cash inside, they were rummaged through. I don't know what was taken."

Three businesses inside --two credit unions and an insurance company-- were hit and police say the scene looks very familiar.

Monday night, this U.S. Bank in South Salt Lake was hit by a burglar and there the thief was looking through drawers. The same night a Zions Bank in Salt Lake City was hit. Police believe the three are connected.

Sgt. Halterman: “I would think he knows what he's doing, I don't know the extent of his experience, but obviously he had some experience."

Crime scene technicians gathered evidence, but so far there are no suspects.

Cutting those lines knocked about one hundred phone lines that included not only this building, but a neighboring business as well.

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