Four Payson Businesses Hit In Weekend Crime Spree


Thieves broke into three Payson businesses and attempted to burglarize a fourth this weekend, police said.

"We had four calls for burglaries Monday morning," Police Commander Don Engler said. "We can't absolutely say that all of the burglaries are connected, but we know a couple of them are."


Sgt. Rod Mamero inspects damage caused by burglars attempting to break into the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company on E. Granite Dells Road in Payson.

El Rancho, at 200 S. Beeline Highway, called in first at 7:08 a.m.

"They came in through one of our side doors," said restaurant manager Trish Williams.

Employees of Bee Well Chiropractic, at 200 W. Frontier St., reported their break-in at 7:18 a.m.

Forty-five minutes later, Payson Glass Co., at 513 E. Granite Dells Road, discovered their burglary.

Burglars also tried to break into another business, the Pepsi Cola Bottling Company, on Granite Dells Road.

"There was damage to the windows, but they weren't able to get in," Engler said. The glass had been struck repeatedly with something solid like a hammer, but the glass only cracked and did not give way.

Pepsi Bottling Company manager Steve Perry was surprised by the string of burglaries.

"It's been 20 years and it's never been this bad," Perry said. "It's just unfortunate people have to do criminal acts to maintain their habits."

"From evidence gathered at the scene, we believe (the Bee Well) and Payson Glass burglaries are tied together."

Until the suspects are caught, Engler couldn't comment on a specific motivation.

"We know that a lot of the burglaries that we have, whether they be residential or commercial, are tied to the methamphetamine problem," he said.

To keep businesses safe, Engler recommended good lighting, surveillance equipment and fewer outdoor obstructions.

"Most of these areas where the break-ins occurred were blocked from public view," Engler said.

Anyone with information about these burglaries should call Detective Steve Johnson, (928) 474-5177.

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