UPDATE: Tuesday afternoon officers confirmed Bandfield was located and is in custody.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – You’d think a courthouse would be the last place someone would want to break into but that’s what happened when a man entered and ransacked the Salt Lake Justice Court building at 333 South, 200 East sometime over the weekend.
“Employees arrived this morning and noticed there had been some damage done to some furniture and they backed out of the building,” Salt Lake City Police Detective Jess Perea told ABC4 News. “Officers were called. They checked the building, noticed there was damage done to the interior.”
Late Monday afternoon officers released a surveillance photo of the suspect identified as 26-year-old Benjamin Bandfield.
They’re actively looking for him and trying to determine if he took anything although they say he never made it into the area where case files are stored.
Meanwhile, employees, attorneys, and jurors were left out in the cold for an hour and a half while the courthouse was closed during the investigation.
“We were supposed to be here at 8:30,” juror David Young said. “And finally made contact with the young lady with the jury duty section…just before 10 o’clock.”
As for Mr. Bandfield’s motive, police don’t know what it is – or even if he had one.
“It’s definitely unusual,” Det. Perea said. “I would never pick a courthouse to burglarize.”
When officers are able to find Bandfield he will be back inside a courthouse. This time as an invited guest.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Salt Lake City Police Department at 801-799-3000.