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Thief Steals $4,000 Worth Of Items, Defecates In Daybreak Garage

SOUTH JORDAN, Utah – Officers with the South Jordan Police Department are looking for the thief or thieves responsible for taking thousands of dollars worth of items from a Daybreak garage and leaving behind an unthinkable and unsanitary mess.

Homeowner Zaneta Gileno said she found human feces on her garage floor, which was wiped up with her cancer survivor cape.

“That felt the most violating if I’m being honest,” Gileno said. “Like, you couldn’t use something else? You couldn’t poop someplace else?”

Gileno is a breast cancer survivor and said the precious cape she often runs marathons in was one of many items she kept stored in her garage.

Zaneta Gileno, who survived breast cancer, wore her cape while running marathons. (Zaneta Gileno)

“Having that cape, getting to wear it and feel like I give hope to other people, means a ton,” she said.

Early Friday morning she discovered it had been desecrated and $4,000 worth of items were stolen.

“When I opened the door I could see poop right there and I was like, ‘Why is there poop in my closed garage?’” she said. “My bins were rummaged through — they took my computer monitor, my camping gear, my crafts.”

Homeowner Zaneta Gileno said the thief used her cape to wipe up fecal matter that was left behind. (Zaneta Gileno)

She was in complete shock since she remembers seeing her garage door closed the night before.

South Jordan police are investigating the break-in and said what the thief did is unheard of.

“I’ve been doing this for almost 20 years and I can’t recall a case where — you know, they’ll leave behind tools or even clothing, but fecal matter? No, that’s something new,” said Sgt. Eric Anderson with the South Jordan Police Department.

Police are checking with neighbors but unfortunately, no one saw the crime and there are no security cameras in the area.

They said this serves as a reminder for all of us to make sure we lock our doors.

“Make sure your garage door is closed, your doors are locked, you’re not leaving valuables in your vehicle even if it is parked in your garage,” Anderson said.

If you have any information about the break-in, call South Jordan police at 801-446-4357.

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