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Shower, hot chocolate and TV . . . and criminal trespass
First Published Jan 10 2012 12:29 pm • Last Updated Jan 10 2012 02:31 pm

Police say a couple made a vacant Taylorsville rental home their own, at least long enough to take showers, watch television and sip some hot chocolate.

As a result, said Taylorsville police Sgt. Tracy Wyant, the 39-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were cited Monday on class A misdemeanor criminal trespass charges in connection with the Nov. 8 entry at the home near 3800 West and 5200 South. Police say the two allegedly entered the home, which was being remodeled, through an unlocked door.

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Police had earlier screened the case as a burglary, since construction workers initially reported that carpeting and tools had been stolen. However, Wyant said investigators were unable find enough evidence to support a burglary or theft charge, so the case was filed as a criminal trespassing incident.

Wyant said investigators were able to run down the suspects through a bank card receipt found on the premises.

Police say the suspects, both from Taylorsville, acknowledged entering the home after having shopped at a nearby convenience store.

The woman did not have a previous criminal history, Wyant said, but the man is a parolee with an extensive record that includes burglary,forgery, drug and property crimes.


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