PROVO — It was the perfect crime novel setup. Scorned employee returns with a shotgun and a vendetta, blows open the safe and slinks away into the darkness.

But a 22-year-old Provo man wasn't quite so smooth, police say.

Instead, the ex-employee returned to his former business near 2060 S. 950 East in Provo between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on July 9 with a 12-gauge shotgun and destroyed the safe's keypad, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed in 4th District Court.

His angry shot prevented the safe from being opened by anyone but a professional, according to the affidavit. He never even saw the large amount of collector's coins, business checks and personnel records inside.

When company owners got to the business the next morning, they found the mangled safe and $600 in damage, and called police.

They told police their No. 1 suspect was an employee who had recently been let go who was "very upset and holding a grudge against the company," according to the affidavit.

When police found the man, he was just pulling out of his Provo apartment.

Police stopped him and the man informed them he had a 12-gauge shotgun in the car and allowed them to search the vehicle, according to the affidavit.

Along with the gun, they found a note pad with a short to-do list: "Need to steal $1,000."

The man told police yes, that was his writing and that's when he got a free ride to the police station, according to the affidavit.

Once there and read his rights, police said the man made up a false alibi, but when confronted with it, admitted he had committed the crime because he wanted to "hurt the company" because it had not responded to a complaint he had recently approached it with.

The man was booked into the Utah County Jail for investigation of aggravated burglary and criminal mischief on $20,000 cash-only bail.


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