Unified Police looking for suspect in elementary school burglary

Posted at 8:58 AM, Sep 01, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-01 13:30:07-04

TAYLORSVILLE, Utah -- Unified Police are looking for a man who they said left behind several items, including his own shoes, after a burglary at an elementary school in Taylorsville Monday morning.

Police said an alarm went off around 6:00 at Vista Elementary School, 4925 S 2200 W.

Granite School District officials notified police, who responded to the scene and encountered a male suspect dressed in black.

Police said the suspect had broken into a classroom at the school and took computer equipment, snacks, bottled water and other office equipment. (Scroll down for a photo of some of the items that were recovered.)

The suspect then ran away from the school through softball fields and a nearby park.

Officers gave chase and set up a perimeter, but they were unable to catch the suspect as he was fleeing.

Police said the suspect dropped all of the stolen items and left his shoes in a nearby field.

"Right now, we have our crime lab out here processing that evidence for any fingerprints or any evidence that he may have left behind," said Lt. Justin Hoyal, UPD.

The school is closed for the day in observance of Labor Day, but officers remained at the school to continue their investigation into the burglary.