On Jan. 6, a criminal mischief call directed police to 3038 S. 250 West, according to South Salt Lake spokesman Gary Keller. He said when officers arrived, they found three vehicles had been vandalized. The cars in the parking lot belonged to customers of a business that installs vehicle equipment, Keller said.
Police collected evidence at the scene that led to Adams, he said.
"He has cooperated fully with the investigation," Keller said, noting that no charges have been screened or filed yet. Adams was interviewed by police but not booked, and Keller said the motive behind the incident is unknown at this time. Adams is the only person of interest in the case.
"We are handling this as we would any other case in South Salt Lake," Keller said.
Referencing the ongoing nature of the investigation, Keller wouldn't detail the extent of damage to the cars, or what evidence was collected at the scene that led to Adams, or what connection Adams may have had to the owners of the cars.
Depending on the dollar value of damage, criminal charges could be filed in the South Salt Lake prosecutor's office or the Salt Lake County District Attorney's office, he said.
Cordova said he placed Adams on leave Tuesday, but other than to confirm "this is a criminal investigation," he would not answer any further questions about the case until investigators complete their task.
"We're really just at the very beginning with this, and in fairness to Capt. Adams, I won't be discussing this further right now," the sheriff said.
Adams could not be reached for comment.