Utah coach helps nab two thieves on college campus

Head coach Larry Krystkowiak of the Utah Utes is all about vigilante justice after watching campus...

Head coach Larry Krystkowiak of the Utah Utes is all about vigilante justice after watching campus criminals have their way with the school that employs him.

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Utah basketball coach Larry Krystkowiak spent the past week fighting crime on campus.

In both instances, the suspect was caught thanks to Krystkowiak's persistence.

Last Saturday, he stopped a thief with a bike and then on Tuesday led the pursuit of a burglar who stole video equipment, computers and other athletic gear from the various athletic offices, including men's basketball.

Krystkowiak wasn't about to let anyone get away with the crimes.

"I told our team to be on the lookout and if they saw anything suspicious to take a picture," Krystkowiak told ESPN on Friday.

On Tuesday, the suspect was spotted in a parking lot. Krystkowiak rounded up two basketball managers and a video coordinator and they chased him around campus until he was finally cornered.

Police told Krystkowiak that the suspect was attempting to sell the stolen goods on Craigslist.

"(The managers) were nervous, and at first weren't sure it was him, but then they saw he had the New Jersey Nets backpack that was stolen from our video guy," Krystkowiak said.

Krystkowiak used his intuition three days later to nab the bike thief.

While walking to his office early Tuesday morning, he cornered a man with two bikes who looked suspicious. When Krystkowiak said he would chase the suspect down if he tried to flee, the man thought better of it and the 6-foot-9 coach sat the him down on a curb to wait for police.

The man was carrying five cellphones and a device to pick locks.

"It was an interesting week of crime fighting," Krystkowiak told ESPN.

 


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