Man tells police he attempted to steal tow truck because female was chasing him

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah, July 14, 2019 (Gephardt Daily) — A man is facing a charge of felony theft after he allegedly tried to steal a tow truck in Salt Lake City because he said a female was chasing him Thursday morning.

A probable cause statement from the 3rd District Court of Salt Lake County said Mathew Howard Damon, 29, entered a running tow truck that was left unattended in the area of 354 W. 1700 South. The tow truck driver was away from his truck but left the engine running.

“The A/P (accused person) entered the truck through the passenger side door then attempted to sit on the driver side,” the statement said.

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The tow truck driver was able to remove the suspect from the vehicle, officials said. The suspect fled but was quickly apprehended by arriving officers.

After being read his Miranda rights, the man, identified as Damon, stated he understood and wanted to speak with police.

“A/P stated that he entered the truck with the intent to take it because he was being chased by a female.”

Damon was booked into Salt Lake County Jail for theft, a third-degree felony. His bail is at $5,000.

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