County Sheriff’s Report
Deputies say last week’s arrest of a Salt Lake County man means the Summit County Sheriff’s Office has begun to solve a rash of thefts that have occurred at construction sites in the Snyderville Basin.
A roll call hearing was scheduled in Third District Court Tuesday for Justin Douglas Griffith, 25, who is facing one county of theft, a third-degree felony.
He remained jailed in Summit County this week as a suspect in "numerous metal thefts," detectives say.
Thieves have targeted new construction on the West Side for valuable copper wire and other scrap metal that is easily sold undetectably at yards in Salt Lake City, says Summit County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Sherm Farnsworth.
After Griffith’s arrest Jan. 25, Sheriff Dave Edmunds expects to nab more suspects in a string of thefts with damages in excess of $500,000.
The crimes have forced some contractors to stop building, said Edmunds about the rash of thefts that began last October.
According to Edmunds, between October and January the combined value of stolen metal from businesses in Summit County exceeded $100,000.
Meanwhile, a construction site was allegedly burglarized in Summit County Jan. 15 at 12:53 a.m.
Other calls received by Sheriff’s Office dispatchers in January included:
Deputies were asked to intervene in a dispute between a man and his employer in western Summit County on Jan. 15 at 3:35 p.m.
Someone reportedly threw garbage out of a red Honda traveling on U.S. 40 near Quinn’s Junction Jan. 15 at 9:40 p.m.
A Cadillac Escalade was allegedly parked in a handicapped stall in western Summit County Jan. 15 at 9:42 p.m.
On Jan. 16, a horse was loose on a road in Peoa at roughly 5 a.m.
A Samak woman told a dispatcher someone struck her fence while riding a snowmobile Jan. 16.
A case of check forgery was reported Jan. 16 at 10:40 a.m.
Minor injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved two vehicles in western Summit County on Jan. 16.
On Jan. 16, a woman in western Summit County told a dispatcher someone used her credit card to fraudulently charge more than $1,100 worth of items at Wal-Mart in December.
No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash in the Snyderville Basin that involved two vehicles Jan. 16 at 2:04 p.m.
On Jan. 16, a woman on Station Loop Road said "her neighbors are smoking so much pot it is making her high in her own house," a Sheriff’s Office incident report states.
No injuries were reported in western Summit County when a Honda Element and pickup truck collided Jan. 17.
Items were stolen when an unlocked vehicle was allegedly burglarized while parked inside a garage in Silver Springs on Jan. 17.
No injuries were reported as a result of a traffic crash that involved two vehicles near Wal-Mart at Kimball Junction on Jan. 17 at 4:08 p.m.
On Jan. 18, a South Summit woman on Rob Young Lane told a dispatcher high school kids keep vandalizing her mailbox.
A man on Wild Rose Drive in Kamas claimed his mailbox was smashed and tires were slashed Jan. 18.
On Jan. 18, a woman in western Summit County claimed about $550 was charged fraudulently to her credit card.
An alleged shoplifter was nabbed at a store near Kimball Junction Jan. 19 at 8:57 a.m.
Copper products were allegedly stolen from a construction site in Summit County Jan. 19.
Those participating in filming a snowboarding movie allegedly were illegally parked in western Summit County on Jan. 19 at 1:58 p.m.
A Coalville man told a dispatcher his snowmobile was stolen Jan. 19 at 3:02 p.m.
The condition of a 17-year-old girl was stable after she reportedly fell about four feet onto her neck at Kimball Junction Jan. 19 at 5:26 p.m.
A motorist allegedly struck several residential garbage cans in Kamas and fled the scene Jan. 19 at 6:31 p.m.
Roughly $3,000 worth of clothing items were allegedly stolen from a business near Kimball Junction Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.
Deputies were asked to respond to a domestic dispute near Kimball Junction after a woman with a bloody eye was allegedly pushed by her husband Jan. 20 around 6 p.m.
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