A 35 year old man suspected of stealing garage doors was arrested after he fled from law enforcement during an investigation of those stolen doors. He was booked into the Utah County jail with related charges from several different agencies.
*** PRESS RELEASE May 20, 2020 ***
On May 19, 2020, around 5:00 PM, a Detective with the Utah County Sheriff's Office was investigating a man suspected of stealing garage doors and related parts from homes under construction. This man, Justin Thomas Strasburg, age 35, Pleasant Grove, had placed ads on social media offering to install garage doors for less than other companies. The Detective tried several times to arrange an appointment for Strasburg, who had recently been arrested for a similar crime in Salt Lake County, to install a garage door for him.
After finally arranging to do the work, Strasburg told the detective he had the garage door and needed to install it quickly because he was out of money. Strasburg arrived at the agreed upon location driving an enclosed U-Haul box truck. When the Detective approached and told Strasburg to get out of the truck, that he was not free to leave, Strasburg started the truck, put it in gear, and drove away, ignoring the order of the Detective to stop.
The Detective tried to follow but lost sight of Strasburg for a short time. He then saw an Officer from another agency stopped in front of Strasburg. Coordinating with Officers from nearby agencies they found the crashed U-Haul truck near the Saratoga Springs fire station. They then found Strasburg fleeing on foot. A short distance away he was detained.
During an interview Strasburg admitted to the Sheriff's Office Detective that he was responsible for eight different thefts where he stole garage doors and openers in Vineyard and Eagle Mountain. He also told the Detective the garage door he had planned on installing for him he had stolen earlier from a home in West Valley City. In addition to that case in West Valley City, at least two other law enforcement agencies have active investigations where Strasburg is the suspect.
Strasburg has been booked into the Utah County Jail on felony charges including theft, burglary, evading, and drug possession. He also faces lesser traffic related charges. His bail has been set at just over $71,000.00 cash or bond.
While construction site thefts are not uncommon, theft of complete garage door systems is rather unique. Strasburg had recently held a job working for a company that installs and services garage doors. He has an extensive criminal history for similar charges.
For questions contact Sergeant Spencer Cannon, Public Information Officer, Utah County Sheriff's Office.
(801)404-1912 - Cell
(801)851-4333 - Office
Twitter: @SGTCannonPIO or @UCSO