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Cottonwood police: T.J.Maxx break-in a 'professional' job

Published September 17, 2012 3:10 pm

Thieves knew store's security • Defeated alarm, video system, broke into safe.
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Cottonwood Heights police are calling a weekend break-in at a T.J.Maxx store a "professional" job.

Sgt. Mark Askerlund said Monday that burglars went to a lot of trouble to enter the store at 6995 S. 1300 East late Saturday night.

"The store's clock stopped at 11:22 p.m., along with the alarm and video security systems," Askerlund said. "They went in through an outside closet on a building were the fire riser was housed, then climbed up to the ceiling, dropped into the room where the safe was and cut through its side."

An undetermined amount of cash was taken.

"This was professional. It's been a long time since I've seen someone specifically go after a safe this way," Askerlund said.

Detectives are looking for a person or persons familiar with the store's layout and security, but no firm suspects had been identified. "We're looking at former employees, or maybe a construction worker or maintenance, something like that, someone with knowledge of all that," Askerlund said.

Anyone with information on this case is asked to call police at 801-840-4000.





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