Sheriff’s report: California man racks up $6,500 in hotel bills, but couldn’t pay


Summit County Sheriff’s Report.

A California man was arrested by Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies on Friday after charging his hotel room thousands of dollars, but was unable to pay the bill upon check-out.

According to a report from the sheriff’s office, the 31-year-old racked up approximately $6,500 in charges after staying at the Canyons Village hotel for two days with two guests. Hotel staff said the trio used expensive spa treatments and room service, which were charged to the room.

The man was due to leave, but could not provide a valid form of payment. He emailed reception a photo of a driver’s license and credit card that didn’t belong to anyone in the party and asked the hotel to use it for payment. It was also refused.



According to the report, the man attempted to pay for the services with at least seven different credit card numbers. However, he did not have the physical cards and all payments were declined for fraud.

The man was arrested for theft of services and faces several charges related to the fraudulent use of bank cards. The case has been forwarded to investigators.



The sheriff’s office responded to several other calls between Monday, November 1. 14 and Sunday 14 Nov 20, including reports of people driving under the influence, drugs and theft.

Sunday Nov 20

Deputies issued a traffic stop on US 40 after a registration check showed one of the vehicle’s registered owners had an active statewide warrant . K9 Officer Spine was deployed and indicated the presence of narcotics. Deputies searched the vehicle and found a handgun, small amounts of THC resin and drug paraphernalia. The individual in possession of the firearm was identified as a 42-year-old male Lehi. A criminal background check revealed he was a convicted felon, which means he cannot own a gun. He was taken into custody. A passenger was cited and released.

A vehicle was stopped in the Snyderville Basin for a traffic violation. Deputies located drug paraphernalia in the vehicle and initiated a search, which turned up small amounts of methamphetamine. A 48-year-old woman from West Valley City, the passenger, claimed ownership of the contraband. She was arrested and taken to Summit County Jail.

Saturday Nov 19

A traffic stop was initiated in Silver Creek for speeding. Deputies discovered the vehicle had a revoked registration with no insurance. The vehicle was then seized. Drug paraphernalia and an open liquor container were found during inventory of the vehicle. The driver was cited and released.

Deputies received a call about a hit-and-run in Hoytsville. The man said his vehicle was parked in his driveway when he was hit by a FedEx van. The man has a doorbell video camera of the incident. He called FedEx, who advised him to file a police report and then file a claim.

Friday Nov 18

A Bear Hollow woman reported that the driver’s side window of the vehicle she was traveling in had been smashed. The suspect stole a wallet and a tote bag from inside the car. The wallet contained two debit cards, a credit card and the woman’s driver’s license. A suspicious vehicle – a later model black Dodge Durango – had been reported in the area shortly before the incident. The truck fled at high speed when the deputies arrived. Two adult males were seen inside the vehicle.

A man reported that the rear driver’s door window of his vehicle was smashed in Bear Hollow. The vehicle was searched, but nothing was taken. MPs suspect the incident is linked to the above case.

A man said he was in a verbal argument with another man over a driving incident. The complainant said the other man spat on him while he was in his vehicle after they argued. He then followed the man to a gas station in Kimball Junction to take a photo of the vehicle and license plate. The man allegedly punched him. Deputies spoke to the man, who provided a video showing the complainant spitting on him first. Both parties provided a voluntary statement. The Summit County District Attorney’s Office will review the case for charges.

Deputies investigating a report of domestic violence in Pinebrook learned the complainant had a no-bail warrant from Wasatch County. He was arrested and transported to Wasatch County Sheriff’s Deputies.

A 29-year-old man from Jeremy Ranch was arrested and transported to Summit County Jail.

Deputies were dispatched to a contraflow driver, who was traveling westbound on the east lane of Interstate 80. The 25-year-old man from Texas was arrested by deputies. They asked the driver, who was showing signs of impaired driving, to take a standardized field sobriety test – which he accepted and performed incorrectly. The man was arrested.

Only one vehicle accident was reported at Kimball Junction. The driver, a 26-year-old Sandy, showed obvious signs of impairment. She participated in a standardized field sobriety test, which she performed poorly. She was taken into custody.

Deputies conducted a traffic stop on SR 32 for an expired registration. The driver, a 44-year-old man from Heber City, had multiple active warrants. Deputies deployed K9 Officer Spike, who reported narcotics were present in the vehicle. Subsequent research revealed amounts of methamphetamine among users. The man was arrested. Deputies also discovered drug paraphernalia and small amounts of marijuana. He was transported to Summit County Jail.

A traffic stop was made on I-80 for an equipment violation. K9 Officer Spike was deployed and positively alerted to the smell of narcotics in the vehicle. A subsequent search revealed approximately 2.1 kilograms – or more than 4.5 pounds – of cocaine and a firearm. The driver, a 51-year-old woman, and the passenger, a 60-year-old man, both from Illinois, were arrested. Deputies suspect they planned to distribute the narcotics.

An unknown suspect smashed a woman’s rear passenger window on SR 224 while she was at work. A wallet containing credit cards and identity cards was stolen. The cards have been canceled and not used.

Thursday Nov 17

A man reported that a 28-year-old woman from Wanship was intoxicated. Deputies observed the woman driving a motor vehicle and arrested her. She provided a positive breath sample for alcohol. A cup inside the vehicle was tested and found to contain alcohol. She was taken into custody without incident.

Deputies were dispatched to Jeremy Ranch for an ongoing harassment case. The complainant explained that he had been receiving unwanted text messages from a family friend for years. The man said the communication was unwanted and the suspect was using spoofed numbers while others were blocked. The suspect resides in Texas. The county attorney’s office will review the case for charges.

Deputies were sent to Outlets Park City for theft. A company reported that two handbags and two coats, with a combined value of approximately $1,000, were taken by a white man in his early 20s or 30s.

A burglary has been reported at a storage unit in Snyderville Basin. A man said his unit had been broken into in the past two weeks. A collection of rare and valuable comics, a collection of rare coins and a collection of basketball cards were taken. There is no suspicious information at this time. Deputies planned to review security footage of the incident.

tuesday nov 15

A woman who stayed at a hotel in Canyons Village over the weekend said she left her wedding ring by the sink in her room. The woman contacted the company, but they said the ring had not been located. The deputies have no leads or suspects to follow.

Deputies have been asked by a firm to monitor a 22-year-old Midvale woman after she exhibited suspicious behavior. She was found to have multiple warrants and was placed under arrest. Deputies also discovered that the woman had heroin and drug paraphernalia. She was transported to Summit County Jail.

Monday Nov 14

A Kamas owner reported that his house had been vandalized. A deputy observed several spots outside the residence where vulgar words had been spray-painted. The owner has no video footage of the incident.

Deputies were dispatched for a burglary report in Kamas. A man reported that all the hardwood floors in his residence had been washed away. He said he believed other items were taken, but he did not have a key on him and was unable to enter the residence to determine what was taken. There are no cameras in the area. The deputies have no suspicious information.

MPs have been contacted by the Pinebrook Cottage Homeowners Association, which reports that a community mailbox was damaged due to a suspected attempted break-in. The HOA official said the incident likely happened over the weekend. Deputies contacted the United States Postal Service to have the mailbox repaired.

A suspicious vehicle has been located in the parking lot of a Snyderville Basin hotel. Deputies conducted a records check, which revealed that the registered owner had an active warrant. Deputies made contact with a 28-year-old man, Roy, the driver and owner of the vehicle, who consented to a search. A passenger, a 42-year-old Herriman, was asked to exit the vehicle. He was identified and found to have no bail warrant. Deputies discovered drug paraphernalia, identity documents, currency printing equipment, counterfeit notes, burglary tools and property that had been reported stolen in several cases of vehicle break-ins during the search. The men were arrested on outstanding warrants and additional charges related to the investigation. Deputies later learned that the 42-year-old had left narcotics in a transport vehicle. He was then charged.

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