Spree of burglaries in American Fork appear to follow same M.O.

Posted at 7:35 PM, Jun 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-22 21:35:45-04

AMERICAN FORK - An American Fork lock company is going door to door, warning other businesses about a recent spree of burglaries.

"There's been at least seven in the past couple weeks," said Clayton Muhlestein with Alpine Lock & Safe. "They just use a pair of pliers, and it only takes about 10 to 15 seconds to get in."

Using pliers, Muhlestein demonstrates how easy it is to do. He finds the lock cylinder, which he says is usually placed on the front doors of local businesses. Placing the pliers around the lock, he twists back and forth for just a moment before the cylinder moves and falls off completely.

"It's not like they are trying to go through the back," said Lieutenant Sam Liddiard with American Fork Police. "They are doing this out in the open. That's why we need the public's help."

Lt. Liddiard isn't ready to connect all the break-ins to the same suspects, but Alpine Lock & Safe is leaning that way.

"We'd say it's the exact same guys because the method is the same," Muhlestein said.

American Fork police says they've recovered surveillance camera footage from inside an AT&T store that was hit early Wednesday morning, but it may take a few days before they can see what the footage shows.

Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to contact American Fork PD. Their non-emergency number is 801-763-3020.