OGDEN -- Bill Parker caught the man he and police believe burglarized his club and threatened his extensive collection of Beatles memorabilia.
Surveillance footage at The City Club at 264 Historic 25th St., shows a man walking into its downstairs level the night of Nov. 3. Throughout the night, the man knocked over furniture and stole food, liquor and at least $3,000 worth of Beatles collectibles.
"He got to this picture and carved and scratched it up," Parker, 61, said, pointing to the now-vacant space in a wall covered in Beatles paintings, posters and prints. The picture, worth about $1,000, is being held by police as evidence.
The downstairs, which is covered almost floor to ceiling with Beatles art and merchandise Parker has collected over decades, was empty that night. Parker and his wife reserve the space for private parties and run the club on the upstairs level.
When the cleaning crew arrived at City Club at 5 a.m. Nov. 4, the suspect -- believed to be Danny Salazar, 47 -- ran out of the building and disappeared, Parker said.
Parker showed up and found that salmon, halibut, steak and liquor were missing, as well as at least one picture and a glass case of pins. He said he also found a lighter and lighter fluid as he and other employees assessed the damage.
Given the discovery, he feels fortunate that nothing worse happened that night, but he also feels violated.
"I tossed and turned every night" wondering if more was in store for the club, he said.
On Thursday night, Salazar was outside the club. Parker said he recognized the man from the surveillance footage. Like that man, Salazar wore a white baseball cap and carried a Nike duffel bag, Parker said.
There were four police officers having dinner at the club, but Parker said he didn't want to get law enforcement involved until he was sure the man outside was the one in the surveillance video.
He told club manager Cory Thomson to go out the back and get ahead of Salazar on the sidewalk as Parker went out the front door to approach the suspect.
They then called the police and kept Salazar on the sidewalk, asking him about that night.
"I asked him why (he would carve up a picture), but he said 'I don't remember doing any of that,' " Parker said.
When Ogden police arrived, Parker advised that they would find a case of Beatles pins inside Salazar's bag. They reached in and pulled out a large Ringo-themed pin, he said.
Police arrested Salazar for suspicion of burglary and booked him into Weber County Jail, said Police Lt. Tony Fox.
Parker's Beatles collection started with a 99-cent pack of pencils when he was 13 years old and now contains an extensive list of autographed guitars, lithographs, figurines and paintings. The City Club decor is a lifetime of work, he said.
The police took everything in Salazar's possession as evidence.
Parker expects to get the items back eventually and repair the damage to his collection.
As of Friday night, Salazar was still in jail and had yet to be charged in 2nd District Court.
A search of court documents shows his only prior convictions date back to the 1990s, including two misdemeanors for criminal trespass.