CRIME, POLICE + COURTS

Wasatch County authorities bust chop shop operation

Sep 26, 2023, 8:30 PM | Updated: Sep 27, 2023, 12:38 pm

A man is being held without bail after police say he forcibly kissed a Brigham Young University stu...

Three people have been arrested in Wasatch County in connection to a chop shop operation. (Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY — The Wasatch County Sheriff’s Office says three people have been arrested in connection to a chop shop operation.

On Sept. 20, according to a news release, deputies were called to 1719 E. Main Canyon Road near Wallsburg to look for a stolen vehicle. The vehicle, equipped with GPS, was taken from another county earlier in the day. 

Law enforcement personnel obtained a search warrant for the property. During the search, authorities discovered several vehicles, trailers, all-terrain vehicles, and power tools on the property.

Chop shop operation confirmed

With the assistance of the Utah Department of Motor Vehicles, deputies determined that all the vehicles were stolen.

Also, in the search of the property, deputies found illegal drugs and drug paraphernalia. Authorities also found tools “consistent with committing burglaries and thefts.”

Authorities apprehended Tyler Boyd James Hewitt, 32, of Wallsburg; Trista Roxanne Samson, 27, of Magna; and Trenton Bailey Gates, 27, of Centerville.

Hewitt was booked into jail for investigation of theft of an automobile, theft of property, and weapons offense. He was also booked for investigation of possession of a vehicle without a VIN, giving false information to an officer, obstruction of justice, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. Authorities also say there are several warrants for his arrest.

Samson was booked into jail for investigation of theft of a stolen vehicle and property theft. Samson was also booked for investigation of possession of a vehicle without a VIN, giving false information to an officer, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of a controlled substance. Authorities also said there were several warrants for Samson’s arrest.

Gates was booked into jail for investigation of theft of a stolen vehicle and theft of property. Gates was also booked for investigation of possession of a vehicle without a VIN and giving false information to an officer. Additionally, Gates was also booked for obstructing justice, possession of paraphernalia, and possession of controlled substances. Authorities also say there are statewide warrants out for Gates’ arrest.

The release states that the charges are only a summary at this time. The investigation and processing of stolen property are ongoing. Authorities say the property being searched is more than 100 acres in size and could take several more days. 

Read more:

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Crime, Police + Courts

Image of an outdoor light post at Glendale Middle School, one of several schools in the Salt Lake C...

Adam Small

Copper wire stolen from Salt Lake City schools

Liberty, Rose Park, and Parkview Elementary Schools, along with Hillside and Glendale Middle School have all experienced copper wiring theft.

30 minutes ago

Passenger climbs on to Southwest Airlines wing...

Shawn Nottingham, CNN

A Southwest Airlines passenger opened an emergency exit and climbed onto a plane’s wing while the aircraft was at the gate

Police responded to a disturbance on Southwest Airlines plane in New Orleans when a passenger climbed on to the plane's wing.

8 hours ago

Young Thug trial...

Christina Maxouris, CNN

Prosecutor says Young Thug was ‘proclaimed leader’ of violent street gang at racketeering trial openings

Prosecutors accused Young Thug of leading a gang that committed murder & a slew of violent crimes during his his racketeering trial.

9 hours ago

Image of Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, speaking at UVU in Orem on April 22. Reyes was sued Mond...

Bridger Beal-Cvetko

Lawsuit accuses AG Sean Reyes of intimidating critic of Tim Ballard, OUR

The lawsuit is the fourth complaint against Ballard in recent months and the first time Reyes is named as a defendant.

21 hours ago

an apartment building in pleasant grove is damaged after a car crash...

Adam Small

Driver suffered “medical incident” before crashing into Pleasant Grove homes

Firefighters had to rescue a man pinned by a pickup truck after a crash into a Pleasant Grove apartment Monday morning.

1 day ago

Meta has been collecting the personal information of children without their parents’ consent. (Th...

Eva Rothenberg, CNN

Meta collected children’s data from Instagram accounts, unsealed court document alleges

A newly unsealed court document reveals that Meta has been collecting children's data without their parents’ consent.

2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Human hand holding a protest banner stop vaping message over a crowded street background....

Prosperous Utah Communities

Utah’s Battle to Protect Youth from Vaping Epidemic Faces New Threat as Proposed Rule Threatens Progress

Utah's strict standards of nicotine levels in vaping products are at risk, increasing health hazards associated with use. Read more about how you can advocate for a better future for Utah's youth.

Aerial photo of Bear Lake shoreline with canopies and people camped out on the beach...

Visit Bear Lake

Last-Minute Summer Vacation Planning? Check Out Bear Lake!

Bear Lake is the perfect getaway if you are last-minute summer vacation planning. Enjoy activities with your whole family at this iconic lake.

Wasatch County authorities bust chop shop operation