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Pistol, Taser, Valium taken in Park City break-in

Weapons recovered, but medicine still missing in Park Meadows case

by Jay Hamburger

The Park City Police Department late in the week continued to investigate a Park Meadows break-in that netted the perpetrators a pistol, a Taser, hundreds of prescription pills and other items.

The weapons were recovered, the Police Department said, but other items remain missing. The break-in occurred at a residence on Aug. 2 between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Darwin Little, a police lieutenant, said more than one person was involved. The entry was made through an unlocked door or window, he said.

The Police Department by late in the week had not made an arrest. Little said the police were investigating several leads. He said, though, it is “important for public safety concern” that the weapons were recovered.

Rick Smith, the homeowner whose place was broken into, said between 300 and 400 Valium pills and the same number of the muscle relaxant Flexeril pills were taken. The police said the pills were not recovered.

Smith said the suspects are likely teens who had been at the house in the last year and might be friends of his daughter’s friends. He said there is video surveillance of the break-in.

Smith said an attorney representing one of the teens who may have been involved returned the gun and the Taser. He said the return of the weapons is perhaps in anticipation of negotiations with prosecutors if a criminal case proceeds.

Smith said a collection of basketball cards and a small amount of ammunition were taken as well. The estimate on the losses reached approximately $5,000, he said.

Smith is worried about the safety of his family since the break-in. He is keeping a shotgun, a pistol and a fire extinguisher that could be used to disorient a burglar nearby at night.

“I’m sleeping on the main level, on a couch, so they have to get past me,” Smith said, adding, “In Park Meadows, on the country club golf course. Nice quiet cul-de-sac.”