Robbers were out in force this weekend, stealing a little extra Christmas cash, a few goodies and a parrot.
Country-music star Marie Osmond, while attending a Friday night performance of the "Nutcracker Suite," had her fox stole stolen, Salt Lake police said.Osmond, 30, was attending the performance with her husband, producer Brian Blosil, when when the coat was nabbed.
A police report said Osmond had draped the coat on the chair in front of her in the director's box before the performance. The couple left the box during intermission, and the $400 stole was gone when they returned.
About 1,700 people attended the performance at the Capitol Theatre, 50 W. Second South.
The FBI is investigating a bank robbery Friday at a Salt Lake branch of Valley Bank and Trust, 455 E. South Temple.
A man entered the bank and stood in line before approaching a teller and demanding all the money in the till, according to an FBI release. He then produced a white grocery bag with red and blue lettering on it and said, "I'm not kidding."
The bandit then left the bank on foot with an undetermined amount of cash. The robber is described as white, mid- to late-20s, medium build and about 6 feet 2 inches tall. He was wearing a red and blue ski parka and blue denims.
A man whose description is close to that of the bank robber pointed a revolver at the clerk of Star Foods, 504 S. Ninth East, just before noon Saturday. He demanded all of the money from the cash register, then made the clerk lie on the floor while he fled east on foot.
The suspect is described as being about 5 feet 9 inches tall, 150 pounds and wearing a ski mask over his face so the clerk could see only his eyes and brown eyebrows, said Salt Lake police Lt. Steve Diamond.
He pointed the gun at the clerk but made no threats, Diamond said. "She saw bullets in the cylinder and perceived that to be enough of a threat."
About 1:30 p.m., the Wendy's restaurant at 542 E. Fourth South was robbed by a man who waited in line with other customers, ordered food, then pointed a .45-caliber automatic handgun at employees, demanded cash and fled on foot with an undetermined amount of money, Diamond said.
The robber is described as a 35-year-old Caucasian man, about 5 feet 8 inches, with greasy, blond hair. He was wearing a light blue jacket.
A convenience store was robbed Friday night by an armed bandit wearing a "designer" yellow scarf across his face who fled the Glendale market on foot, said police Lt. Dave Harkness.
A clerk at the Corner Mart, 1245 S. Ninth West, was held up at 6:05 p.m. by a male in his early 20s, about 6 feet tall with a thin build, Harkness said. The man pulled out a dark revolver and told the clerk, "Give me your money."
A parrot worth $1,200 was stolen Friday in a robbery from a pet store.
The green and yellow parrot, which is about a foot high, was taken from the Pet Store, 40 N. Eighth West, at 5 p.m. by a customer, described as a 45-year-old man about 5 feet 6 inches tall with a medium build, according to a police report. The bird will talk if spoken to and prefers walking to flying.
After what happened Friday night, the owner of a $31,000 new luxury car won't be leaving the vehicle with its engine running. Sgt. Scott Folsom said the vehicle, which was parked at 354 E. Eighth South, had its keys and the owner's .22-caliber handgun inside when three teenagers took the car.
The Lincoln Continental was spotted about 90 minutes after it was stolen, and a high-speed chase through Salt Lake ensued. The chase, which exceeded 80 mph, ended when the driver failed to negotiate a left turn and the occupants bailed out.
A 17-year-old male was arrested on auto theft charges and taken to juvenile detention, Folsom said. The other two occupants, and the handgun, were still missing.
The vehicle, however, "was miraculously undamaged," the sergeant said.