UPDATE: Donald Shane Andrus, the suspect that allegedly forcefully entered a Centerville home has been located and is in the Salt Lake County jail. Officials say he was picked up over the weekend.
Person of interest Stephanie Didericksen was interviewed and released, police say.
CENTERVILLE, Utah (News4Utah) – Centerville police have identified the suspect as 41 year-old Donald Shane Andrus. They are asking for the public’s help finding Andrus; he is currently wanted out of Colorado for parole violation.
Police say on Wednesday, May 9, the suspect forced entry into a home in Centerville around 12:30 in the afternoon.
Once inside, police say Andrus walked through the house, going room to room and searching through the homeowner’s belongings.
Police say the man stole a Taurus 9mm semi-auto handgun in a small black case and a Giant Anthem Advance Pro 1 bicycle. The bike was black in color and had orange decals.
On Friday, the homeowners told News4Utah the suspect did more than steal items. They say there is evidence to prove he may have tried to hurt their pet with a crowbar.
Lieutenant Zan Robison says, “[Andrus} has a history of violence, a history of weapons offenses and he’s obviously committed a new felony here. We’re looking for any information that we can get from the public, we want to release this information because of the nature of his history …he should not have a firearm.”
Police are also searching for a person of interest. Police say Stephanie Didericksen pawned a bike with the identical serial number as the one stolen. They say they don’t know of a connection between Andrus and Diderickson at this time, but ask the public to please help them locate the two.
Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective D. Davis with the Centerville Police Department at 801-677-6427.