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Salt Lake City police nab would-be letter extortionist

First Published Aug 06 2013 09:41 am • Last Updated Aug 06 2013 10:47 am

Fork over $10,000, the letter said, over I’ll spill the beans on your sins.

Unsure what those unspecified offenses might be, a puzzled Salt Lake City man instead called police — and officers say they soon had the would-be extortionist in custody.

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Salt Lake City police Sgt. Robin Heiden said the letter, with no postage, had been slipped into the 64-year-old victim’s mailbox sometime Monday morning.

"He didn’t know why he had received the letter," Heiden said. "But it was hand-delivered. He was more concerned the writer knew where he lived than what was threatened."

The letter demanded the victim contact the would-be extortionist to arrange a time and place to hand over the money. That is just what the man did, with the help of police.

At 2 p.m. Monday, the suspect arrived as scheduled, was arrested without incident and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail.

The 25-year-old man was being held Tuesday on suspicion of felony extortion.

Heiden said the victim handled the situation just right, and anyone facing such threats or other scams should call police.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims


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