Cottonwood Heights SWAT incident leads to discovery of $50K worth of stolen property

Posted at 7:24 PM, Jun 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-06-23 21:24:07-04

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS, Utah -- A call to 911 Tuesday morning led police to the discovery of more than $50,000 worth of stolen items in an abandoned Cottonwood Heights home.

Dispatch received a call from a man at about 5:30 a.m., who claimed he saw someone pull a gun on a woman near the house, located at 3100 E. Creek Road.

When Cottonwood Heights police responded to the scene, the person who made the call was there to meet officers.

The caller told officers the man who pulled the gun on the woman ran into a house. When police approached the residence, there was someone inside, but he refused to come out, police say.

A SWAT team was called to the scene where they surrounded the property. After a couple hours, police went inside the house to find no one there.

What they do find was a lot of stolen property. Police say in the driveway they found a stolen Harley Davidson and Ford Flex.

In the garage, they found a stolen scooter, bike and some construction equipment.

Because no one was living in the house, police think it’s plausible that someone was using it to store things they’ve stolen from surrounding neighborhoods.

“It’s certainly a possibility,” said Sgt. Corbett Ford, spokesman for Cottonwood Heights police. “This house it appears might be a bank foreclosed property and so whether we’ve got people that are squatting here and they’ve been dropping stuff off. It’s kind of early to say at this point, but it’s certainly a possibility.”

After questioning the man who called 911, police found his story suspicious.

Police say they eventually found the caller’s belongings inside the stolen car in the home’s driveway and he was taken into custody.