Get Gephardt | Stories - Police Searching for Accused Thief who Targeted Home Alarm Customers
Wednesday, April 23 2014, 09:23 AM MDT
Police Searching for Accused Thief who Targeted Home Alarm Customers
Produced by Michelle Poe and Kate Valentine
Photography by Brian Morris
Edited by Aaron Colborn
(KUTV) Salt Lake City Police are asking for the public’s help to locate a man they say stole from several elderly people.

Police say Ben Sutherland would see signs for alarm companies in front of homes. He would then knock on the door and claim he was with the alarm company and was there to collect money for varying alarm related services.

Sutherland was the subject of a Get Gephardt investigation in February, 2012 after Salt Lake City resident Linda Lemmon said he knocked on her door claiming to be from her home alarm company, Vivint. Linda says Sutherland wrote on her Vivint contract that he needed $100 for a city alarm permit and that he would only accept cash.

Linda says she was suspicious and told Sutherland to come back later. She called the police and learned that city alarm permits are not $100, they are free.

When Sutherland returned a couple hours later, both the police and Get Gephardt cameras were waiting for him. Sutherland said he did not work for Vivint. He claimed that he worked for a competing alarm company and was there to simply try and get Linda to switch. He said that Linda was wrong and that he never claimed to be with Vivint.

Linda never paid Sutherland a dime.

Now, the Salt Lake City Police have built a case against Sutherland. They say he did not work for any alarm company nor did he have a permit to sell alarms. Still, they say he was able to trick several people into to giving him money. For that, Sutherland now faces four, third-degree felony counts of theft by deception. Police want arrest him, but they can't find him. A warrant has been issued for his arrest. Police say Sutherland’s last known residence is in Logan, Utah. The thefts for which he is wanted were committed in Salt Lake City.

If you know Sutherland’s whereabouts, Salt Lake Police would like to hear from you. They can be reached by calling 801-799-3000.

(Copyright 2013 Sinclair Broadcasting Group)
Police Searching for Accused Thief who Targeted Home Alarm Customers

News Photos & Videos - Submit Your Photos Here

More Gephardt Stories

Get Gephardt: Military discount tough to claim for Vet's wife
Concert refund disappears in dead account
Good question: What's with the disturbing face on the city and county building?
Headstones delayed by Ogden monument maker
Get Gephardt: Movers destroy table, refuse to cover damage
Hidden leak costs homeowner, Insurance company refuses to help
Wallet Watch: Workers taking advantage of health care plans
Lender refuses to drop PMI
Wallet Watch: Big ticket items sitting on store shelves, Twitter ads, Seaworld shares
Major retailer refuses to honor warranty claim
Wallet Watch: Treasury department takes fake bills off streets, gas prices
Good question: Has this been a smaller fire season in Utah?
Wallet Watch: e-Cigarettes
Comcast Scam Investigation
Insurance bills for out-of-network hospitals
Late mail delivery investigation
Good Question: How did running with bulls tradition begin?
FedEx fined for drug deliveries, back to school prices rise and Utah unemployment drops further
Yellow Page scammers targeted by FTC
Airline fees, Google looks at security flaws and Microsoft announces layoffs
Comcast in damage control, automaker recalls continue and Hersheys instates a price hike
Illegible finger prints stall adoption
Citigroup pays for mortgage crisis, president pushes infrastructure projects and a new Airbus
Good Question: Why does a soccer ball bend?
Disabled woman loses benefits because of prepaid funeral plans
FTC Complaint: Amazon got rich off unauthorized in-app purchases
Woman's vehicle seized by police after bogus police report
McNeil trial witness now allegedly a deceitful contractor
RSL fans towed despite paying to park
Costly colonoscopy following a man's belly ache
Good news for job hunters and celebration cost on the rise
Arizona baseball games blacked out in Utah
Gas prices hit six year high, no guns allowed in Target and Google buys Songza
FTC seeks hundreds of millions from T-Mobile for cramming
FTC: T-Mobile made millions with bogus charges
Women's football league leaves supporters hungry, for cookies
Good Question: "Can you be arrested for not paying a debt?"
Cable company stands up customer thrice
L'Oreal's deceptive advertising, GM recalls additional vehicles and new airline threats
Kleargear ordered to pay $300k to Utah couple
Supreme Court rules against internet television streaming company
What to do when winning doesn't pay
Isolation at work, home prices jump and AT&T/DirecTV merger
Bundling delay costs consumer
Airbag recalls, Americans struggle to save and pushing for paid maternity leave
Good Question: "Why do grads wear square-caps and gowns?"
Smartphone kill switch lowers theft, Google encourages girls to code and Harley Davidson goes electric
Auto-warranty company slow to give refunds in Utah, nationwide
GM recall lawsuit, fed talks interest rates and Amazon reveilles new phone
Luggage lost for more than a year
Home construction slows, Dr. Oz testifies and tech companies target home security
Good Question "What if you leave your mail in the box?"
More GM recalls, PF Chang credit issues and Priceline merges with OpenTable
Soccer hooliganing: Scams target fans
Possible gas price spike, beer makers slow the flow and Hobby Lobby's deceptive advertising practices
Glitch shows Medicaid recipient underpaid
Frequent flier changes, Amazon's aggressive negotiations and Subway strikes deal with Keurig
Lender error leaves man with huge student loans
Utah's small business grade, smart phone wallets and Microsoft boasts games at E3
Fine Print Allows Movers Unlimited Time to Deliver
Advertise with us!


Pay It Forward
Fresh Living
Family Matters
Road Trippin
Hooked On Utah

Advertise with us!