Teacher’s aide faces felonies after allegedly using school records in burglaries

Posted at 5:30 PM, Nov 06, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-06 19:30:00-05

SUMMMIT COUNTY, Utah -- A teacher’s aide has admitted to breaking into the homes of several of her Park City School District co-workers in order to steal money and prescription pills.

On October 20, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to an attempted burglary at a Park City home. The homeowner, an employee with the Park City School District, had recognized the woman trying to break in as 27-year-old Kayla Goodrich, who is a co-worker of the homeowner.

Matthew Bates, Chief Prosecutor for the Summit County Attorney’s Office, spoke about the alleged crime.

“From what we can tell, she may have used some school records to determine where people lived and gone to access their homes when they weren’t there to try to get controlled substances," Bates said.

Police questioned Goodrich at the school where she worked, McPolin Elementary School. According to court documents, she confessed to breaking into or attempting to break into the homes of multiple co-workers.

“Once they arrested her, they took her cell phone and within her cell phone there were several contacts, those contacts happened to be several employees of our district," said Ember Conley, who is the Superintendent for the Park City School District.

After police seized Goodrich’s phone, they found photographs of documents with emergency contact information of PCSD employees. They also found loose pills and more than $3,000 in cash in her car. Goodrich was fired after her confession.

“Anytime you have this it’s alarming, saddening, disappointing and especially because we are a small community--friends, families know her," Conley said.

Goodrich is facing eight second-degree felonies and four third-degree felonies, including burglary, attempted burglary, and possession of a controlled substance.