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Man wanting court date charged with breaking into courthouse, charges say

Tyler James Tresner, 32, was charged Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, with criminal mischief, a second-degree felony, for allegedly breaking into the Matheson Courthouse.
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SALT LAKE CITY — A homeless man was charged Thursday with breaking into the downtown Matheson Courthouse and damaging several computers.

Tyler James Tresner, 32, now faces a criminal charge in that same building of criminal mischief, a second-degree felony.

After the courthouse, 450 S. State, was closed for the day on Monday, a Salt Lake County sheriff’s deputy working security saw Tresner running through the building, according to charging documents.

The deputy discovered that Tresner “had used a large rock to shatter the glass door and a window” to get in, and then “shattered” several computers and monitors, the charges state.

Tresner told the deputy he caused the damage “because he wanted to get a court date and was protesting,” according to the charges. Total damage was estimated at nearly $8,500.