COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Police were looking Wednesday for a second man connected to a vacant house where tens of thousands of dollars of stolen property was discovered Tuesday.
A man called 911 Tuesday morning reporting that another man had pointed a gun at a woman and both had run off. Officers responded to 3107 E. Creek Road, a home that was foreclosed on and had been vacant for several months.
The man who made the initial 911 call, Joshua Thieling, 29, stepped out of the house when officers arrived, according to a Salt Lake County Jail report. Police said he was uncooperative with officers. He was eventually arrested for investigation of possession of a stolen vehicle, receiving stolen property and trespassing.
While checking the property, officers found stolen items in the garage and driveway, including four motorcycles or scooters and two trailers. An officer also spotted a man through a window, said Cottonwood Heights Police Sgt. Corbett Ford. When the man did not follow the officer's orders, a SWAT team was called out.
The SWAT team obtained a search warrant to go inside the house. The man seen through the window was not found. But police believe that man is Chad Peck, 29.
Investigators spent several hours sorting through the stolen items inside the garage. They found a large amount of stolen construction equipment in addition to jewelry, stolen mail and credit cards that had been stolen and used at various locations around the valley, Ford said.
Utah state court records show Peck was convicted in two separate cases in 2014 for felony shoplifting, attempted unlawful acquisition of a bank card and possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person. In 2009, Peck took a plea in abeyance to felony drug possession and agreed to enter drug court.
Thieling was convicted in January 2014 of drug possession with intent to distribute and sentenced to up to five years in prison. He was also convicted of attempted robbery in 2009 and sentenced to up to 10 years in prison for that crime.
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