Thursday, February 14 2013, 06:35 PM MST
'Sugar House Burglar' Turned In By Own Family, Repeat Offender
By Chris Jones
(KUTV) The family of a man who has been dubbed the Sugar House burglar by police, was apparently turned into officers by his own family. According to a PC statement filed with the Salt Lake County jail, two of Sean Olsen’s siblings saw a television news story about the serial burglar, and recognized the burglar as their brother. Olsen is accused of using a large rock to smash in the front door of Fishers Cyclery, in Sugar House. He then dashed to the cash register and took money out of the till.
Olsen, according to documents filed with the jail, allegedly watched surveillance video with his mother, and admitted he was the burglar. It turns out this is not the first time Olsen has been arrested on burglary charges. According to court documents, the 42 year old man has been arrested more than 40 times for crimes ranging from burglary, to theft, to DUI, to possession of illegal drugs.
Repeat offenders are a serious problem across the country. Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, says drugs, alcohol and mental illness often lead to repeat arrests of the same people. Gill says the addition of drug and mental health courts that focus on these particular problems have reduced recidivism rates significantly.
Monday night, Olsen remains in jail. He is charged with burglary and theft, and police say they are in the process of trying to connect him to other burglaries.
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