Ogden police try to capture robbers of area businesses with help of videos

Aug 28 2012 - 6:07am

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Andrea Martersteck, owner of Profiles Salon & Day Spa, recently had her business broken into. The thief took beauty supplies from the display case. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
This is a capture of a video that shows a robbery that took place at 2:00 am on August 3, 2012, at Profiles Salon in Ogden, Utah. (Courtesy Photo)
This is a capture of a video that shows a robbery that took place at 2:00 am on August 3, 2012, at Profiles Salon in Ogden, Utah. (Courtesy Photo)
Andrea Martersteck, owner of Profiles Salon & Day Spa, recently had her business broken into. The thief took beauty supplies from the display case. (NICK SHORT/Standard-Examiner)
This is a capture of a video that shows a robbery that took place at 2:00 am on August 3, 2012, at Profiles Salon in Ogden, Utah. (Courtesy Photo)
This is a capture of a video that shows a robbery that took place at 2:00 am on August 3, 2012, at Profiles Salon in Ogden, Utah. (Courtesy Photo)

OGDEN -- When Andrea Martersteck's salon was burglarized Aug. 19, she knew her business could bounce back.

Profiles Salon and Day Spa has insurance.

But Martersteck was more alarmed by what the thief stole than the fact she was robbed. The thief took $6,000 worth of hair care products.

"I've read in trade magazines that this is becoming a trend," she said. "People sell stolen products on eBbay and Amazon and at swap meets."

But technology, it appears, is working both for and against these criminals.

There are dozens of Internet sites associated with professional hair care products that warn customers about products that are old, stolen, contaminated or misdirected.

And while Martersteck believes the crime possibly was instigated by Internet sales, she was also happy for the chance to broadcast pictures of the burglar on YouTube with the hope of catching the suspect.

Anyone with any information that could help solve this crime is asked to call Detective Tyler Ziegler at the major crimes unit at 801-629-8430.

Yogotogo, a frozen yogurt shop in Kaysville, also recently posted online a video of a burglary in progress. Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call 801-444-5924.

Kaysville Detective Bryan Barry said more businesses are providing surveillance video these days.

"They actually are giving us some pretty good video," he said. "It actually helps us out quite a bit when businesses have video."

Ogden Police Lt. Will Cragun said he has noticed more and more businesses are installing cameras and other technology in an effort to fight crime.

"It definitely helps us in the investigation," he said. "It's definitely like anything else. Cameras are cheaper and the quality is better."

Cragun said he recommends businesses use cameras to discourage employee theft as well because, "Employee theft is big."

Kim Pierce, public information officer for Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, said the school posted security camera pictures from the school's recent burglary and shared them with the media because officials wanted to make every effort to catch the criminals.

"It's frustrating," she said. "It's upsetting. It brings a little bit of discontent. This is the most vulnerable population."

Those with information about that crime are asked to call 801-629-8221.

In another incident, Mike Story said when Bryson Computers, a Roy business he manages, was robbed while it was open during daylight July 19, he was glad for the video of the crime caught on some of the store's 11 security cameras.

The video and a license plate number Story got from the getaway car landed one man in jail, he said.

But so far, no one has come forward saying they recognized the other suspect.

"We posted it on Facebook and it's been shared 30 times," he said. "But if nobody steps forward that recognizes them, then it doesn't get us anywhere."

Story believes his store's cameras have kept some crimes from happening in the first place.

"It's pretty hard to miss the cameras in here," he said. "We live in a monitored society anymore. Big Brother is watching."

Profiles Salon and Day Spa security video is at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJPBxIH_gHs&feature=player_embedded.

 Yogotogo video is at: www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=3061792603703.

Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind video at: www.standard.net/stories/2012/08/23/thieves-may-have-student-id-information-utah-schools-deaf-and-blind.

 A video from Bryson Computers robbery is posted at: www.facebook.com/BrysonComputers?ref=ts.

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