CRIME

Nearly $40,000 in supplies stolen from roofer recovered at Sandy home

Oct 4, 2023, 6:49 PM | Updated: 7:10 pm

SANDY — A major theft operation in Sandy ended with nearly $40,000 worth of construction material gone overnight.

But there is a good ending to this story, thanks to some very quick police work. 

On Tuesday morning Nick Jex, with Artistic Roofing out of Ogden had the shock of his life when his crew showed up to their job site in Sandy at about 1000 South and 300 West. 

The 19,000 pounds of roofing material stored there was all gone, it vanished overnight. 

“My heart hit my stomach,” Jex said. He immediately called Sandy Police.

Detectives quickly went to work. Looking at tire marks, footprints, and going business to business seeing what was captured on surveillance cameras.

Fortunately, they found video taken from cameras at the 4Life Research company just next door. 

The video obtained by KSL TV shows four different camera angles of a pickup truck slowly driving by pulling a trailer. With help from 4Life Research, detectives managed to zoom in on the video and capture a still frame of the license plate number. That led them to a house in Midvale. When they pulled up it was clear it was the right place. 

“When they showed up he had a trailer full of stuff in the driveway and opened up the garage there was all the rest of it,” Jex said.

Police said the video was the key to finding the suspect, a man in his 60s. They suspect he was going to sell it. 

“There are so many cameras that are out there these days. It’s really nice to have these businesses invest a little bit of money to protect their business,” said Sgt. Greg Moffitt, with Sandy Police Department. 

Jex was on the roof with his workers when he got the call from the police that all his roofing material had been found. It had taken just two hours.

“Everybody was like ‘What they found it? Already?’” Jex said. “I was so excited I called my boss. I called the owner of the company.”

Losing $40,000 in roofing material would have been a devastating blow Jex said.           It was a big win to have it solved and have it solved quickly, he added. Especially this time of the year. That’s people pay checks for holiday season that’s people bonus if they get bonuses.

For police, it’s the kind of ending they hope for in cases. 

“It’s super gratifying! That’s why we all get into the police work to get those type of cases and to see the gratification on these victims,” Moffitt said.

KSL 5 TV Live

Crime

The Unified police car that crashed into the suspect's yellow car....

Michael Houck and Lauren Steinbrecher, KSL TV

Unified police officer hospitalized after being hit by suspect, second officer and suspect also hospitalized

A Unified police officer was hospitalized after being hit by a suspect's truck on Friday, police say.

14 hours ago

FILE PHOTO of handcuffs and gavel...

Carlysle Price

Woman facing charges after group-assault against ex-boyfriend

A woman was arrested after engaging in domestic violence against her ex-boyfriend Tuesday.

16 hours ago

Orlando Esiesa Tobar, 29, from Honduras, who goes by the moniker “Chaparro,” was charged Tuesda...

Brianna Chavez

Suspect accused of kidnapping, killing Kearns woman pleads guilty

One of six suspects pled guilty to the kidnapping and death of a 25-year-old Kearns woman in court Friday.

16 hours ago

Kouri Richins attends a hearing on May 15 in Park City. Two new attorneys were appointed to represe...

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com and Daniel Woodruff, KSL TV

Kouri Richins vows to prove innocence as new attorneys take over murder case

Richins sent voice recordings to multiple national media outlets maintaining she is innocent, after her attorneys asked to be released from the case.

17 hours ago

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, AR - JULY 13: A mule train ascends the South Keibab Trail at the Grand ...

Michael Houck

Flagstaff man suspected of lighting car on fire in Grand Canyon National Park

An Arizona man is suspected of lighting a Grand Canyon National Park employee's car on fire, causing it to spread to a nearby structure on Saturday. 

18 hours ago

Hilton Crawford in 1995....

Ben Kuebrich, KSL Podcasts

‘Ransom: Position of Trust’: Uncle Hilty

Episode three of the true-crime podcast "Ransom: Position of Trust" focuses on the suspect Hilton Crawford.

21 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Electrician repairing ceiling fan with lamps indoors...

Lighting Design

Stay cool this summer with ceiling fans

When used correctly, ceiling fans help circulate cool and warm air. They can also help you save on utilities.

Side view at diverse group of children sitting in row at school classroom and using laptops...

PC Laptops

5 Internet Safety Tips for Kids

Read these tips about internet safety for kids so that your children can use this tool for learning and discovery in positive ways.

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Nearly $40,000 in supplies stolen from roofer recovered at Sandy home