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Deputies investigating 20 vehicle burglaries in Eagle Mountain, 3 firearms stolen

March 22, 2019

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a string of vehicle burglaries in Eagle Mountain that have resulted in the theft of valuables, including credit cards and three firearms.

The first burglary was reported on March 16, with more burglaries reported between March 18 and 21, for a total of 20 cars hit by the suspects, according to Sgt. Spencer Cannon with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

The common thread between all the vehicle burglaries is that all the vehicles were unlocked. Cannon said none of the cars had broken windows, which indicates the suspects didn’t want to make noise and risk being caught.

Cannon said the most concerning aspect of the burglaries is the now missing firearms, which include a semi-automatic handgun, a shotgun and a .22 caliber rifle.

“We don’t know what their intention is,” Cannon said of the firearms. He said the burglars could be planning to sell the firearms to someone else or keep them.

A couple of stolen credit cards have been used and officers are following up on those leads, Cannon said. Several homes that had burgled vehicles also had security systems with surveillance footage officers are using to try and identify the suspects. So far, image quality hasn’t been great, and Cannon said all they have right now is a small white passenger car as a possible suspect vehicle.

Cannon advises Eagle Mountain residents, and all Utah County residents in general, to lock their cars at night and bring valuables inside their homes — especially firearms. Having a gun safe to place firearms in would be ideal, Cannon said, but he suggested residents could also get a trigger lock for general safety. The Utah County Sheriff’s Office will give residents trigger locks for free.

Trigger locks can be cut off with a pair of bolt cutters, Cannon said, but they at least offer a measure of safety inside a home.

“Something as simple as a trigger lock can save lives,” Cannon said.

A Facebook post from the Utah County Sheriff’s Office listed the streets which had vehicle burglaries as Sandpiper Road, Sparrow Hawk Way, Hutch Lane, Red Kite Way, Snowy Owl Road, Wilson Way, and Cottage Lane. Officers ask that anyone who lives on these streets who may have security footage from between 12 a.m. and 5 a.m. on March 21 to contact non-emergency dispatch at (801) 794-3970.

Residents are also asked to contact dispatch if they see anything suspicious.

“It’s okay to be suspicious,” Cannon said.