Sandy man confronts car burglar and catches meeting on camera
SANDY, Utah — A Sandy man confronted a car burglar while he was searching his car, and he filmed the encounter.
Nick Cramer says his neighborhood off 1000 East isn’t a place you’d normally run into trouble.
“I got home pretty late last night and I’m still outside and noticed there was a truck coming out of this Cul De Sac here,” Cramer said. “Then I started watching him because I have a snowmobile outside”
Cramer thought something looked suspicious and eventually said the vehicle had parked right behind his car.
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“I looked up from behind that door again, and he was in my car in the driver’s seat with a flashlight,” Cramer explained.
Having already suffered vehicle break-ins and having no evidence to help him after the incidents, he began filming what he saw on his phone.
“I guess in a bit of adrenaline, I decided to pull out my video camera, fire up the flash and scare her off,” he said.
The would-be thief quickly took off, but not before Cramer noticed a shop towel draped over the front license plate of the suspect’s car.
“I was able to lift a small towel that he had thrown over to make sure no one could see it,” he said.
Cramer thinks nothing was taken and was able to stop him quickly. He gave the video and the license plate number to the police.
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He says this type of incident is becoming more and more frequent, as several cars for him and his family have been broken into lately.
“It looks like since the start of the pandemic there’s probably been a major increase,” he said. Cramer explained that his brother “had his catalytic converter cut out last summer.”
Statistics show that thefts from motor vehicles peaked in 2020 and remained high last year. The majority of the more than 80,000 over the past five years statewide have occurred in Salt Lake County.
Sandy City has exactly the same trend with more than 4,200 car thefts over the past five years.
“It’s not good. It’s not a good feeling,” Cramer said. “It’s kind of like your space has been violated.”
The hope is that the police can catch this man before he strikes again and if you recognize the car or the man you should call law enforcement.
“If you can’t find the person, it’s never quite right,” Cramer said. “If you see something, say something and do nothing but good everyday.”