Prosecutors have charged a man with breaking into a US WEST van and stealing $30,000 worth of equipment.
Investigators suspect the man, 19, was trying to hack into US WEST computer systems with the stolen equipment. He apparently called the homes of company executives and said he needed their PIN numbers for security reasons, police said.An IBM laptop computer, phone testing equipment and other items were stolen from the van Aug. 29. An employee found the van with the window broken out the sliding side door and the equipment gone, according to the charges filed in 3rd District Court Thursday.
The executives got his phone number from their caller ID boxes and gave it to authorities. Salt Lake County deputies searched his Holladay home and found the stolen equipment along with 20 marijuana plants.
The man faces one count of theft, a second-degree felony, production of a controlled substance, a third-degree felony, and vehicle burglary, a class A misdemeanor.