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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact Information: PolicePRUnit@slcgov.com

SLCPD Recovers Heavily Damaged Stolen Car, Provides Tips to Community

SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City Police Department is reminding community members about the importance of taking proactive steps to prevent car theft.

On Monday May 30, 2022, officers assigned to the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Liberty Bike Squad located a station wagon near 1900 West North Temple. The station wagon matched the year, make and model of a car listed as stolen. The officers confirmed the registered owner reported the car stolen.

When officers approached the driver, he refused to fully cooperate and attempted to reach the gear shifter and put the station wagon into drive. Officers quickly turned the car off, but the suspect again turned the car back on and attempted to put it in drive. The suspect managed to get the car into neutral, which caused the stolen car to roll into a marked police car.

Officers eventually took the suspect safely into custody.

Inside the car, officers found open containers of alcohol and drug paraphernalia. They also located a vehicle license plate that had been partially cut up and overlaid and glued on top of another license plate to give the appearance of being a completely different plate.

Officers booked the 30-year-old suspect into the Salt Lake County Metro Jail on charges of theft by receiving stolen property, failure to stop at the command of a police officer, interfering with an arresting officer, use of possession of drug paraphernalia, false evidence of a vehicle title and registration, giving false information to a police officer and having an open container in a vehicle.

During the search of the vehicle, officers found the stolen station wagon’s interior to be heavily damaged and dirty. The registered owner of the car responded and took custody of the car.
Several photos of the stolen car are being released. The photo with the license plate has been edited to protect the identity of the registered owner.

In April 2022, Salt Lake City experienced a 27.8% decrease in stolen vehicles compared to the April monthly average over the past seven years. This equates to approximately 41 fewer victims than average.

Community members can take the following actions to prevent car theft:

  • Never leave your car running and unattended
  • Close and lock all doors and windows when leaving your car
  • Use a steering wheel lock
  • Leave your car “showroom” clean. Valuables and items indicating valuables, such as cell phone and GPS chargers, should never be left in a car
    Park in areas that are well-lit and have working video security cameras
  • If able, invest in a vehicle immobilization system and vehicle recovery system
  • Take clear photos of your vehicle, VIN and license plate
  • Immediately report your vehicle stolen by calling 9-1-1 if you witnessed it being stolen or 801-799-3000 if it happened outside your presence or there was a time delay.

The Salt Lake City Police Department has a unit dedicated strictly to investigating auto theft. This unit is highly skilled and experienced. The detectives assigned to the SLCPD Auto Theft Unit not only follow up on cases by handling all auto theft investigations, but they deploy into the field to track down known vehicle theft offenders who have warrants or to look for, and recover, stolen vehicles. The SLCPD Auto Theft Unit periodically does multi-day operations, using various department resources and technology. These operations have an immediate and direct impact on other crimes being committed in Salt Lake City.

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