Weber Co. residents facing another rash of thefts

Posted at 4:18 PM, Apr 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-10 18:18:42-04

WEBER COUNTY, Utah - Residents in Weber County have been told to be on high alert after a rash of burglaries in the Roy, West Haven and Hooper areas.

Police say at least 30 cars and homes have been broken into in the last month.

The Weber County Sheriff’s Office says thieves are targeting unlocked garages and vehicles, and the sheriff’s office said the incidents are “crimes of opportunity.”

Andy Strahan says he left the workshop behind his West Haven home unlocked last week, and thieves struck. He had thousands of dollars in tools stolen from the workshop.

"Back in my tool room you can see where all the things on the shelf are on boxes," Strahan said. "There was a pipe beveling machine similar to this, one of those missing, the two welders missing, two drill boxes."

Lt. Mark Lowther with the Weber County Sheriff's Office says that when a thief gets into a vehicle that has been left unlocked, he finds a garage door opener, allowing him to steal more property.

The sheriff's office says that the thieves have taken primarily electronic devices like cell phones, but at least one vehicle and one firearm have been stolen. Police say they don't have any suspects in this year's crime spree, but they think that the burglaries are related.

Police say springtime burglaries are common, especially in rural areas. Around this time last year, there was a similar crime spree in Farr West and West Point.

Homeowners are encouraged to make sure their doors are locked and property is secured.

Anyone with information regarding the burglaries is encouraged to contact the Weber County Sheriff’s Office investigations division by calling 801-778-6631 and if you see anything suspicious, call 911.