Illegal dumper makes money hauling trash, duping Eagle Mountain residents
EAGLE MOUNTAIN, Utah – The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has a curious case of illegal dumping up its sleeve. Garbage from several residents of Eagle Mountain ends up on private property instead of on the dump.
Only, the people who own it don’t leave it behind.
On Friday afternoon, the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Spencer Cannon, took photos of discarded furniture, boxes, and random items lying among juniper trees on snow and mud.
The mountains of rubbish were left far back on private property at the foot of Lake Mountain on the edge of Eagle Mountain.
Sgt. Cannon pointed out an old pair of Sorel boots, as well as a dog crate and seemingly canned turnips in mason jars. Old sofas and chairs were piled under mattresses and dressers.
“For another 20 minutes this guy could have got it right,” he said, referring to the fact that the Cedar Fort dump was only a 5 mile drive away.
While documenting the investigation, he found a box with a name on it.
“There is identifiable information on it,” he said.
The sheriff’s office already knew who this stuff belonged to from Amazon boxes with names and addresses.
The guilty party could face fines in excess of $ 1,000, Sgt. Cannon reported.
But because of that, the owners of all these things couldn’t believe they were left there.
“I just thought, ‘Are you kidding me?'” Asked Torri Kenison in disbelief.
She claimed to have a sink, two dressers, a dog box, Christmas lights, and boxes littered with the rest of the trash.
“This is my stuff and it needs to be disposed of appropriately. And I was irritated that I was lied to,” said Scarlet Davis.
Many of the items belong to Davis and her husband, who recently cleaned up their garage and got rid of a trailer full of unwanted items.
The doorbell video shows how it all began when Kenison hired a man from Facebook a week ago on Wednesday.
This man, she explained, posted on a community group that offered dump runs so people could make extra money. Kenison said at least 15 people commented that they would accept his offer less than 30 minutes after he was posted.
“I was like, ‘Yeah, I’ll just get this guy into it. He seems sensible. There’s a lot of interest,'” said Kenison.
She described the man quickly emerging and taking the items off her porch to be loaded into his trailer. The man told her he was going to pick up items for other people, including one person who paid him $ 150. Kenison and her husband paid the man $ 30 and he went on his way.
But fast forward earlier this week when another Facebook post popped up in the same community group. The Post warned against hiring the same man Kenison hired to build a dump, with statements that he wouldn’t actually go to the dump.
Several pictures were attached and Kenison immediately recognized all of their belongings.
“He literally dumped two minutes from my house,” she said.
Just around the corner from her house, Kenison’s trash appeared to have been dumped with other people’s trash. When she called the Utah County sheriff’s office, she found they were already on the case.
“He was like, ‘So you got hit by the dumpster bandit?'” She said of what the MP told her. “And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he said I was one of four people who called that day. “
Sgt. Cannon said they contacted several people with the same story: They paid a man money to pick up trash only to find their belongings illegally on private property.
Davis is the one who figured it all out and wrote the original Facebook post. She explained that someone walking in the area found the trash and noticed Davis’ name on some boxes, then reached out to her.
Her post led to comments from many others who recognized her items.
“My things got dumped with a few other people’s things,” she said. “So they came out and said, ‘Oh, this is mine. This is mine.'”
Davis said she and her husband paid the man $ 100 and even let him borrow their packed trailer to go to the so-called dump.
While Davis was initially concerned that the sheriff’s office would find her belongings and punish her, now she just wants everything to be cleaned up. She said many people volunteered to help her get it all out and properly disposed of this weekend.
In the meantime, Kenison and Davis have written the man to confront him. They all said he denied dumping the items there and even went so far as to tell Kenison that the items she found were not hers.
The person behind this strange business has a family, Davis said. She said she understands hard times and bad decisions and doesn’t expect her money back.
But she wants him to make better decisions and learn from them.
“If they get away with such things, it will hurt the community and themselves,” she said. “So I just want him to realize that what he did was wrong.”
The Sheriff’s Office is now working to hold this person accountable. Sgt. Cannon said he could press charges and possibly fines to cover the cost of the cleanup.
“These people expected to get a legitimate service,” he said. “And that’s what they got, a bunch of rubbish – from their property – thrown out of here.”