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After electrocution scare, Salt Lake cops arrest suspect
Hiding in the rafters » Man initially eluded police in warehouse.
First Published Apr 01 2014 09:24 am • Last Updated Apr 01 2014 02:00 pm

As burglary calls go, an early Tuesday morning response turned out to be major one, involving police, canines and paramedics.

Salt Lake City police got the initial burglary-in-progress call at 4:51 a.m., but did not find anything amiss when they entered the Mark Steel Corp. warehouse at 1230 W. 200 South.

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Shortly after 8 a.m., though, a second 911 call sent officers back to the scene. This time, dogs were used to help the search, and officers spotted the 34-year-old male suspect tucked into the rafters of the building. When he did not respond or move, things quickly escalated.

Inside the warehouse was heavily equipment, including a crane, and other equipment, including electrical cables and wiring. For reasons not entirely clear from initial police reports, paramedics were rushed to the scene for what was feared to be a possible electrocution.

"The medical responders showed up, checked him out and found he was perfectly fine," said Detective Dennis McGowan, adding that police now believe the suspect was essentially playing possum.

Police arrested the man after allegedly finding unspecified stolen property from the warehouse stuffed into his backpack.

remims@sltrib.com

Twitter: @remims




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