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Car stolen from TV anchor in home invasion recovered

Brandon Woodford
Brandon Woodford
Salt Lake County Jail

MILLCREEK — A man found driving a car that was stolen from a local news anchor during a home invasion was arrested Tuesday night.

Brandon Woodford, 27, of Herriman, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of being in possession of a stolen vehicle and possession of drug paraphernalia. Police pulled over Woodford near 7400 S. State after he was spotted driving a Honda Pilot that had been reported stolen the day before from the family of Fox 13 anchor Kerri Cronk.

Woodford told police that he was aware the car was stolen, according to a jail report. A passenger who was also in the vehicle was interviewed by police and released.

The Honda was stolen Monday in Millcreek from the house where Cronk and her family live. A woman walked into the home holding a pry tool, confronted Cronk's husband and son and told them she was being chased, according to Unified police.

"She demanded their car keys and threatened to hit them if they did not comply," according to a prepared statement from the department.

No one was injured.

The investigation into how Woodford allegedly came to be in possession of the car was ongoing Wednesday. Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said detectives had good leads into identifying the woman who took the vehicle.

He said investigators believe Cronk's house was targeted at random.

Last month, Woodford was charged in 3rd District Court with drug possession, DUI, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of burglary tools, according to court records. He was also charged with shoplifting and possession of drug paraphernalia in two other Midvale cases.

In December, Woodford was charged with drug possession and shoplifting in three cases, according to court records. In October, he was charged with DUI and drug possession. In 2007 Woodford pleaded guilty to a drug-related charge and successfully completed court-ordered treatment, court records indicate.

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