Unified Police searching for parole fugitive who may be armed

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah -- Officers with the Unified Police Department are searching for a parole fugitive accused of stealing a license plate and leading police on a chase through parts of Salt Lake County Tuesday.

Police said 29-year-old Thomas Burnham was stealing a license plate a car in Murray and fled in a black Volkswagen Jetta, heading south toward Midvale.

Around 7:15 p.m., a sergeant saw the car near 6500 S State St.

Officers caught up to the Jetta at a red light and surrounded the Jetta with their guns drawn, but Burnham allegedly rammed the police car behind him, pushing it back enough to allow him to escape.

"Since the 29th of January, they have four different stolen vehicles that they have been able to link to Mr. Burnham, and that's just in Midvale. So, he's obviously been out on, you know, quite a criminal tear right now and we're concerned about his mental state," said Lt. Lex Bell, Unified Police Department. "I mean, if you're willing to ram a police car to get away while officers have guns pointed at you, that, to me, is a pretty scary deal."

Police found the Jetta in a gated community in Taylorsville, but Burnham is still at large.

Police said one of the stolen cars linked to Burnham had a firearm inside, but the gun is now missing. Burnham is therefore considered to be armed and dangerous.

Burnham was described as 5 feet 6 inches tall and about 140 pounds. A mugshot taken a few months ago shows him with a shaved head.

Anyone with information that may help police locate Burnham is urged to call 801-743-7000.

6 comments

  • ANOTHERBOB

    Another dangerous criminal that the State of Utah released on parole. Why is the State of Utah such a slow learner?

    • ANOTHERBOB

      Be really really thankful you don’t live in liberal governed states like California that have taxes and fees above and beyond obsurd.

      • Scott

        By “liberal” you mean paying criminal $9,000-$10,000 every year not to be criminals and pretending that they are not out committing crimes? It’s funny because California is doing this.

  • Freddy

    If your guns are out and he’s ramming a car why aren’t you shooting him? Make sure someone is in every car so it counts as aggravated assault when he rams you. Then you have a justified shooting. Let’s get these people out of our society for good.

  • Rick

    The police are apparently shell shocked by all of the negative press regarding altercations between cops and crooks.
    I know I wouldn’t want to go through the public and political wringer for dropping the guy when he used a car as his weapon instead of something more clear cut like a firearm or knife.
    Armchair Lawman says “Drop a few in him and be done”. …that’s the joy of ‘armchairing’ – you can second guess the guys on site all evening.
    Officers: Thank You for not getting dead.

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