Two Santa Clara, Calif., fugitives featured on the national TV program "Unsolved Mysteries" Friday night were arrested by the Salt Lake County sheriff's office and the FBI within one hour of the broadcast.
Richard Ford, 40, and Matthew Crome, 20, were taken into custody without incident at their apartment at 215 E. Hill Avenue (4050 South), just before 10 p.m. Friday, said a sheriff's office press release. They had been living at that address for the past nine months.An unnamed neighbor phoned the program to identify Ford and Crome. San Jose Police Sgt. Jim McMahon received the call and notified the Salt Lake County sheriff and FBI, said the release.
Ford and Crome are wanted in connection with more than 100 burglaries in the Santa Clara area. They fled in last September to avoid prosecution, according to the release. An estimated $250,000 to $300,000 worth of computers and monitors and scanners, pagers, and other electronic equipment was recovered at the apartment.
The two are being held at the Salt Lake County Jail without bail, said deputy Rod Norton. Ford and Crome will eventually be extradited to California, but there are some cases in Salt Lake that need to be reviewed, Norton said.
"We obviously confiscated a lot of electronic equipment from these two," said Norton. "If they cooperate, this case will be over in a short while, but if they don't, we're going to have to pull up all the reported burglaries in the region to see what connections we have."