Police continue manhunt for car theft suspect on the loose

Police continue manhunt for car theft suspect on the loose

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A manhunt is underway for a Davis County man accused of stealing several vehicles across the Salt Lake Valley.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Utah) - A manhunt is underway for a Davis County man accused of stealing several vehicles across the Salt Lake Valley.

Officers say they have trailed Travis James MacDonald for more than a month.  In fact, just three weeks ago, the alleged car burglar put police in danger.

"They made contact with him and he tried to run over two officers," said Lt. Allan Shinney with the Utah Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement.

MacDonald managed to stay out of custody, but today officers spotted him inside a stolen Ford F350 truck near 7200  West and 3100 South.  When Macdonald saw them, he took off, weaving and winding through several neighborhoods.

"We had him blocked into a one way street, we had three cars blocking the entrance way." Shinney said.  "He drove over a lawn and a sidewalk and ran over stop sign."

He then led officers on a chase throughout Salt Lake County at speeds exceeding 80 miles per hour before ditching the truck at a Nicholas and Company in West Valley City. However, the chase did not stop there.

"He goes into a commercial business, steals one of their vehicles and drove that truck through a fence and then we were able to start pursuing again," Shinney said.

That vehicle was abandoned behind a Home Depot in Salt Lake City.  Soon after, a witness told police officers that MacDonald had run inside.  That prompted an an hour long search.

Shinney said, "We were able to lock down the place and evacuate all the people safely and we did a real thorough search of the building and we're not able to apprehend our suspect."

Police weren't phased, continuing their search. They began with locations MacDonald was knownto visit.  They stopped at a Wasatch Inn on State Street, then spoke to made a stop to search on Main before bringing out a K-9 unit to search several mobile homes near 1300 South Major Street. While there, officers found another stolen Ford truck, but they cannot yet confirm whether or not MacDonald is responsible for its disappearance.  They can only confirm that MacDonald is still at large.

"It's pretty frustrating," Shinney said.

Officers told ABC4 Utah that they believe MacDonald is dangerous, because a gun was found in one of the trucks he ditched.  If you know where he is located you are asked to contact police.



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