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Burglar rams into brick wall, car on way out of driveway

A Salt Lake man who police say rammed his car into a series of obstacles while fleeing a crime scene has been charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief, according to charges filed Friday in 3rd District Court.

The man, 34, parked his sedan in the carport of an East Millcreek home he intended to burgle on April 28, the charges state. The resident of the house arrived to find the unfamiliar car and a man coming out the side door.Asked what he was doing, the man replied that he wanted help "moving some property," according to the charges.

When the resident grabbed the man's jacket, the accused burglar said, "I've got a gun. Don't make me use it."

The charges state that the resident saw his backpack, camping gear and climbing equipment in the man's car.

In attempting to flee, the man backed his sedan into the resident's truck, then drove forward until he hit a brick wall, crumpling his car's front end. The carport and a shed were also damaged in the getaway, the charges state.

The man had also taken clothing, coins, gold and silver chains, a camcorder and two cameras, the charges state.

The resident said the stolen goods were worth about $2,000, and the damage to the carport amounted to about $1,000.

The man has been released on $15,000 bail. If convicted of burglary, a second-degree felony, and theft and criminal mischief, both third-degree felonies, he could serve up to 15 years in prison.