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Burglary caught on camera in North Salt Lake

Posted at 12:06 PM, Nov 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-30 14:06:43-05

NORTH SALT LAKE, Utah — Police need your help identifying a burglary suspect caught on camera going through cars and getting away with stolen goods.

The thefts happened just after 3 a.m. in an otherwise quiet neighborhood just east of Orchard Drive. One resident woke up to their mother-in-law's car with the trunk wide open and everything ransacked.

"[My wife] was pulling out of the garage, she noticed that my mom's car, the trunk was wide open and stuff was thrown all around the ground," said Mike Paskett, one of the victims of the burglary.

Paskett caught the suspect on his home security camera as they went from house-to-house checking for open cars.

"You could see the guy coming from the south right here, run across the driveway, pop open doors and just start going through everything," He said. "He was in and out within two minutes."

North Salt Lake police say it's a good reminder to always check that your car is locked before heading in for the night.

"I think this is an opportune time of year," said Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam with the North Salt Lake Police Department. "People do have a tendency to go shopping leave things in their car, leave their car unlocked, do things that they really wouldn't do any other time of the year."

Unfortunately, the thief got away with Paskett's daughter's Christmas gift, but he said he feels lucky it wasn't personal or financial information.

"It is sad you know," Paskett said. "It's something that can be replaced though, it could be much worse. We didn't have credit cards or anything else like that in there."

He said the incident wasn't a first in his neighborhood.

"We have it happen here every six months or so," he added. "It's almost like a frequent thing."

North Salt Lake police are still looking in to the case, and do not have any suspects as of now. If you have any information about the burglary, recognize the suspect, or the white pickup truck in the security camera footage, call the North Salt Lake Police's tip line at (801) 335-8676.