Police seek public’s help identifying suspects in car theft, burglaries in Herriman

Posted at 9:28 PM, Aug 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-10 10:10:30-04

HERRIMAN, Utah -- The Unified Police Department is seeking the public’s help in identifying suspects in a string of car burglaries in Herriman and Riverton.

On Sunday morning, at least half a dozen residents had their cars broken into and one family had their truck stolen from their driveway.

Four people in a silver sedan were caught on home surveillance video going house to house in the Herriman and Riverton area breaking into cars.

“It really made us feel violated and not safe in our own home,” said resident Lori Christiansen.

Christensen said had a feeling something wasn’t right when she went out to her driveway Sunday morning.

“I noticed the driver’s door was not shut all the way,” she said.

The passenger door and trunk of the car was open too. Surveillance cameras the family had installed just days before show suspects rummaging through their cars.

“We saw them go to our house, the neighbor’s house next door and across the street,” Christiansen said.

In a matter of minutes, the three people jumped back into the car with the stolen property and drove away.

Items taken from the cars were personal identification, vehicle information, driver’s licenses, wallets and purses, said Unified Police Det. Greg Shaver.

Police say that neighborhood wasn't the suspects' first stop -- they got calls earlier that morning of a stolen car just down the road.

“Completely shocked, we would never have thought in this neighborhood but obviously we have to worry about that now unfortunately,” said Kristi Reiser of Riverton.

She and her husband had a rude awakening Sunday when their 2015 Denali was no longer in the driveway.

“He came out and the truck wasn't there,” Reiser recalled her husband telling her Sunday. “He says, ‘babe, the car is gone.’”

Their truck that they've only had for a matter of months and saved for years was stolen.

Several of the Reiser's neighbors also had their cars broken into.

“It's put fear into my children too so that's been another setback to us,” Reiser said.

The Reisers are keeping a close eye out for their car.

“We'd like to put whomever did this behind bars,” Reiser said.

Police and Herriman residents are hoping someone will recognize the people responsible.

“I'm afraid they'll be back,” Christiansen said.

Unified police is asking any with information or recognizes the people in the surveillance video to call them at 385-468-9518.