LOCAL NEWS

Two burglaries in two days forces Salt Lake business to close temporarily

Feb 15, 2022, 5:34 PM | Updated: Jun 13, 2022, 4:33 pm

SALT LAKE CITY –– A Salt Lake City business owner asked for the public’s help after he says his business was broken into twice in the last two days and forced him to temporarily close until he can get a delivery truck moving again.

“I just want to get the word out there,” said Kelly Turley, owner of Standard Firewood in Salt Lake City.

Turley says they’ve been supplying firewood and barbecue wood to businesses, homes, and gas stations across the state for around 30 years. He took over the business in 2017.

In the summer of 2020, he says, they were forced to find a new location and since then, they’ve had problems.

This week they halted operations after he says someone stole their only delivery truck, trailer, and thousands of dollars in technology, merchandise, and cash.

“If they only knew the emotional toll and stuff it causes other kind of people when they do this kind of thing,” Turley said. “I personally just don’t think a lot of these people are in their right mind and they’re not thinking of anything but themselves.”

After just a couple of months in the new location, Turley said someone stole their chainsaw and splitter. The following summer in 2021, someone stole their Bobcat from the fenced-in yard.

In between, he said someone cut their catalytic converter four times and stole batteries.

In the last several months, things finally seemed to be settling down. Turley installed several cameras on the property and an alarm system.

On Sunday, the alarm triggered, alerting Turley who was in Bluffdale at the time. While his wife called police, Turley got on the road. He says he arrived well before Salt Lake City police officers but after the burglars left in a pickup truck.

Surveillance showed a pickup truck pull up to the fence surrounding the yard and then back into it. A hooded man made his way onto the property and knocked down cameras along the way.

He was able to get inside the office where Turley says he pulled the plug on the remaining cameras and then stole hundreds of dollars in merchandise, a few thousand dollars in cash inside the till, the keys to their equipment and their computer, iPad, and phone.

The next day, Turley learned from one of his employees that someone had broken in that night and stolen his only delivery truck and a trailer.

“I just wish people were better,” he said.

Tuesday brought some good news. Someone spotted the truck just two miles away from the business and reported it to police.

Someone found Turley’s stolen truck but it had a lot of damage. (KSL TV)

The catalytic converter was cut and there was other damage on the outside and under the hood. But the delivery truck they depend on for most of their business was found.

“Any win at this moment feels good,” he said.

Turley said they have insurance but it’s still a painful process and because of the number of times they’ve been burglarized, keeping insurance is difficult.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

...
Cary Schwanitz

Work nearly done on new I-15 bridges in Cedar City

The Utah Department of Transportation is nearing completion on a year-long project to rebuild two bridges on I-15 in Cedar City. 
16 hours ago
(KSL TV)...
Casey Scott, KSL TV

#walkTODAY Wednesday with Casey Scott at the Utah Olympic Oval

Casey Scott was at the Utah Olympic Oval as part of our #walkTODAY challenge with Jon and Sam from 103.5 The Arrow.
16 hours ago
From north of the Great Salt Lake the evaporation of its waters is clear. Antelope Island sits in a...
Ben Winslow, Fox 13

Great Salt Lake drops to new historic low

The Great Salt Lake has dropped to 4,190.1 feet — a new historic low.
16 hours ago
(Karah Brackin/KSL TV)...
Karah Brackin

Salt Lake Co. animal shelters are full; staff pleading for help from the community

Salt Lake County Animal Services is sending out a plea to the community to foster, volunteer and adopt because the shelter is full. 
16 hours ago
(Debbie Worthen/KSL TV)...
Josh Ellis

Two children seriously injured in South Jordan auto-pedestrian crash

Police say two children have been hospitalized after they were struck by a black SUV while riding bicycles.
16 hours ago
(Utah Highway Patrol)...
Josh Ellis

SLC firefighters battle 2-alarm fire near I-215 to SR 201 ramp

Firefighters responded to the area of Interstate 215 and state Route 201 due to a 2-alarm wildland fire Wednesday morning.
16 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah Voters 50+ Support Increased Access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
hand holding 3d rendering mobile connect with security camera for security solutions...
Les Olson

Wondering what security solutions are right for you? Find out more about how to protect your surroundings

Physical security helps everyone. Keep your employees, clients, and customers safe with security solutions that protect your workplace.
Many rattan pendant lights, hay hang from the ceiling.Traditional and simple lighting....
Lighting Design

The Best Ways to Style Rattan Pendant Lighting in Your Home

Rattan pendant lights create a rustic and breezy feel, and are an easy way to incorporate this hot trend into your home decor.
Earth day 2022...
1-800-GOT-JUNK?

How Are You Celebrating Earth Day 2022? | 4 Simple Ways to Celebrate Earth Day and Protect the Environment

Earth Day is a great time to reflect on how we can be more environmentally conscious. Here are some tips for celebrating Earth Day.
Get Money Online...

More Ways to Get Money Online Right Now in Your Spare Time

Here are 4 easy ways that you can get more money online if you have some free time and want to make a little extra on the side.
Two burglaries in two days forces Salt Lake business to close temporarily