Two sought for questioning in Main Street smash-and-grab, chase
February 21, 2014
The Park City Police Department wants to find two people for questioning in a smash-and-grab burglary on Main Street Tuesday morning and a high-speed car chase that followed.
Rick Ryan, a police captain, said investigators have names and addresses of the two. He said they are both believed to live in the Salt Lake Valley.
The vehicle involved, a Ford Taurus, is registered to a woman with a Taylorsville address. Ryan said the woman died in January. The vehicle was not reported stolen between the death and the case on Tuesday, Ryan said. The authorities recovered a wallet inside the vehicle found abandoned after the chase. Ryan said the wallet contained a driver license of a relative of the deceased woman. The Police Department, though, is unsure whether the relative was involved in the smash-and-grab burglary and the chase, he said.
"We have some individuals we think we can tie to the vehicle," Ryan said, describing the police as having "good leads" in the case.
The break-in, a rare smash-and-grab case along Main Street, occurred at approximately 4:15 a.m. on Tuesday. Two people took rings, earrings and necklaces from Baranof Jewelers. A delivery driver saw two people running from the scene and called 911. The chase that ensued reached speeds of up to 90 mph and ended in Kamas, where the vehicle was found abandoned.
Investigators executed a search warrant on the abandoned Ford Taurus and found the jewelry. Ryan said the recovered pieces of jewelry accounted for the majority of the value as well. The Police Department did not release details about the value, though.
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He said the jewelry was found in two bags inside the vehicle. The Police Department continues to process the jewelry as part of the investigation. Ryan said the police expect to return the pieces to Baranof Jewelers shortly.
Ryan said investigators planned to search for fingerprints in the vehicle, but it was not known whether there would be any useable prints. The vehicle remained in a garage at the Park Avenue police station late in the week. A search warrant was visible inside the Taurus. Two of the tires remained visibly damaged as a result of the authorities using tire spikes while attempting to stop the driver during the chase.
The police on Thursday also had collected approximately 10 paper bags of evidence from inside the vehicle. The jewelry was not put in the bags, though.
"We recovered the merchandise. We’ve recovered evidence from the vehicle," Ryan said.
The Police Department, meanwhile, also released footage from a surveillance camera at the store showing the break-in. The black-and-white video shows two people bursting through the glass front door of the jewelry store. One of them spends approximately 18 seconds inside while the other is in the store for approximately 42 seconds.
The manager of the store, Tom Terry, said Baranof Jewelers is open.
"We’re moving ahead. Everything’s good. Nobody got hurt," Terry said.
People with information about the case may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the Sheriff’s Office at 615-3500.