Business reports a break-in
Nutraceutical, a manufacturer of nutritional supplements located on S.R. 224, was burglarized sometime during the early morning hours of Friday, causing an unspecified amount of damage to the interior of the building, according to the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
A significant area of Nutraceutical’s property was cordoned off Friday morning as law enforcement investigated the crime. Employees were not allowed to enter the building during the investigation and were seen standing outside on Flanders Way. The building is located at the intersection of S.R. 224 and Sun Peak Drive in a residential neighborhood.
Lt. Andrew Wright said dispatch received a call from an employee around 7 a.m. on Friday after they found the building ransacked. He said a backdoor was kicked in to gain access to the building.
“They (employee) went inside and saw that it was actually a mess,” he said. “The person or persons actually trashed the office and vandalized it. They threw stuff all over and broke things. It is a big crime scene as far as the mess that was made.”
An unknown number of computers were stolen, Wright said, and it is unclear if anything else was missing. However, he said the owners of Nutraceutical’s Park City location were on site and working with investigators to take an inventory of what may have been taken.
Wright said the business did not have an alarm system or any kind of video surveillance, adding that it will make pinpointing any suspects more difficult. He said the Sheriff’s Office is hoping nearby homes or businesses have cameras that could help provide information for the investigation.
Investigators believe the crime occurred sometime between 12:30 and 7 a.m. Friday.
“Of course we have a lot of questions about who did this and what the specific motive is,” Wright said. “Most big companies don’t keep money on site and while they have computer systems, the information isn’t stored on the computer. It’s stored on a server so there weren’t really any valuables beyond furniture and office product. Why did someone target this business and what were they after? We have a lot of work on our hands to figure out what happened.”
Dan Portwood, who manages facilities and assets as Nutraceutical’s director of administrative services, was standing outside of the crime scene on Friday waiting to gain access to the building. He said Nutraceutical has owned the property for about six years.
“We’ve never had a similar incident happen,” he said. “It’s sad. There is more and more vandalism these days.”
Wright said the incident was likely isolated, adding “I don’t think there is any reason for the public to be on edge.” However, he said all burglary cases serve as a good reminder for people to be aware of their surroundings and take the necessary steps to protect their homes or businesses.
“In this specific case, no one was there, obviously, and they kicked in the door,” he said. “The business had locked up so they did everything they were supposed to do. But, there are some things that homeowners and especially businesses can do to protect themselves, such as getting surveillance systems and leaving lights on afterhours.”
Anyone with information regarding the burglary is asked to contact the Summit County Sheriff’s office at 435-615-3600.
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