Update November 15th: Police now suspect the homeowner, Reed Anderson, of staging both these crimes.
No part of the Salt Lake Valley seems immune from violent crime any more. It's no longer confined north of 4500 South. A Bluffdale home targeted for burglary on November 9th caught fire on November 10th, arson is suspected. KSL news video embedded below:
The saga began around 12:00 noon on Tuesday November 9th when the homeowner, working in his basement, heard a suspicious noise upstairs. Upon investigation, he found a window busted out, his door open, and an unidentified male stealing his television. The thief attempted to bolt; the homeowner hit him over the head with a shovel, but the thief got away nonetheless, albeit empty-handed.
Fast forward to Wednesday. While the homeowner was working in his back yard around 7:30 A.M., he smelled smoke. Upon investigation, he found the front of his house on fire. Firefighters responded and confined the damage to the front of the house; damage is described as moderate, and the home appears salvageable. No dollar estimate on the damage is yet available.
It doesn't take a Chris Burbank to figure out that the unsuccessful burglar may have returned to get revenge for getting clocked over the noggin. At least that's what investigators believe; a trained arson dog hit on a fire accelerant in the front room. Most likely the unsuccessful thief threw a Molotov cocktail into the house in a hit-and-run attack.
Because the suspect is still at large, the homeowner now has to worry about whether or not he'll come back to finish the job. The homeowner and his wife are a young couple just getting started. KSTU Channel 13 describes the suspect as a white male in his late teens or early twenties, wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt and shorts at the time. Because the thief was audacious enough to enter the home while the occupant was present, I wouldn't be surprised if he had a drug habit; druggies can get desperate. Police are asking anyone who may have seen some suspicious activity near Redwood Road and Bangerter Highway around 7:30 Wednesday morning to call the Saratoga Springs Police Department or Bluffdale police at 801-851-4100.