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Detectives have arrested a Salt Lake man in a string of burglaries that occurred in the Snyderville Basin on July 25.

The 19-year-old suspect was in possession of a stolen 2006 Chevrolet Corvette when he was arrested Wednesday in Salt Lake County, according to Detective Ron Bridge, a spokesman for the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

The suspect admitted he stole the Corvette from a home in Pinebrook and had committed several other burglaries in the Park City area, Bridge said.

The man could face several felony charges.

Burglaries and vehicle thefts in the Snyderville Basin have increased significantly in the past two months, according to Summit County Sheriff Dave Edmunds.

Thieves have entered homes through open garage doors and have stolen vehicles that were unlocked, which had keys left in the ignitions. Crooks have snatched purses, wallets and laptop computers that were left in plain sight.

"These crimes all seem to have one thing in common, they were easy to commit," according to a statement from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies have stepped up patrols in neighborhoods hardest hit by thieves, which include Pinebrook and Jeremy Ranch. The Sheriff’s Office has staged neighborhood surveillance operations and patrolled the areas on bicycles and foot.

Deputies say residents can eliminate opportunities for thieves by securing their vehicles and homes. Keep doors locked, garages closed and valuables out of sight.

Residents should watch out for their neighbors and not hesitate to report any suspicious activity to the Sheriff’s Office, Edmunds said.

The sheriff has instructed deputies to take a more aggressive approach in educating residents by contacting those who leave garage doors open.

Meanwhile, other calls received recently by Summit County Sheriff’s Office dispatchers included:

A caller in Spring Creek said several men were fighting in the Snyderville Basin July 25 at 7:31 p.m.

A man reportedly left a child inside a vehicle near Gorgoza Park for about 20 minutes on July 25 at 2:44 p.m.

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved two vehicles at Kimball Junction July 25 at 2:27 p.m.

A man from the Heber area fled the scene of a traffic stop in the Snyderville Basin July 24 at about 2 p.m.

"He provided false information to the deputy and as the deputy was going back to verify that information, the person put the car in drive and fled from the traffic stop," Bridge said.

The 34-year-old suspect was pulled over in the Highland Estates area a few minutes later, he said.

"The person was taken into custody at that time without further incident," Bridge said.

A woman in the Snyderville Basin said a man violated a stalking injunction at Kimball Junction on July 25.

On July 24, there were several complaints in Summit County about fireworks.

A building was damaged at Tanger Outlet Center when a vehicle hit a wall at the factory stores on July 24.

On July 22, a woman on the West Side of Summit County said somebody used her credit card to place several fraudulent charges.

A car in Coalville was reportedly vandalized July 22.

On July 21, the Sheriff’s Office received a report that a boy was carrying a machine gun in the Snyderville Basin.

The gun was a toy, Bridge said.

"Deputies arrived on scene and approached the gentleman and it was quickly learned that is was an Airsoft gun," he said. "Those guns can easily be construed as a real gun and it causes alarm."

No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic accident reported to the Sheriff’s Office from Kimball Junction July 21.

A house in Henefer was burglarized July 21.

On July 20, a 9-year-old boy was injured when crashed on an all-terrain vehicle.

"He crashed into an oncoming car on a dirt road in a housing development just east of Kamas," Bridge said.

The boy was airlifted to Primary Children’s Medical Center with abdominal injuries, Bridge said.


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