West Valley City business burglarized on five separate occasions in six months

Oct 23, 2023, 6:06 PM | Updated: Oct 25, 2023, 4:37 pm

WEST VALLEY CITY — A business owner in West Valley City said he feels violated after he and his business partners have been burglarized on five separate occasions. They most recent attempt happened Sunday afternoon.

Tom Lewis, the business owner of Origins Apothecary, said he moved his business to an industrial complex on Decker Lake earlier this year.

On Sunday, he and his business partners were in the middle of a meeting went an employee walked in asked if someone was getting their car check.

Confused, Lewis walked out only to find a woman rummaging through his business partner’s truck.

“As soon as I said ‘hey’, they looked at me frightened and then ran,” Lewis said.

The incident, which happened in broad daylight, was caught entirely on camera. The suspects were seen driving off in what Lewis believes to be a 2000 to 2005 silver Dodge Status with a missing door handle on the front passenger side and a dent on the rear drivers side.

“For them it was 10 minutes, for me, you’ve now taken half my day.”

Other incidents

On other occasions since they’ve moved, his business partner’s toolbox was stolen, work trucks ran sacked two separate times, and a red trailer parked behind their business was also stolen.

“There’s sadness because there’s two parts, the impact that it hits on us and the other impact, what’s driving these people to do it, why are they doing it why do they think that this is ok.”

Lewis said he’s spoken to several other business owners at the complex and have told him they’ve experienced the same problem.

While he understands security at the complex might now be possible, Lewis is hoping for some kind of solution and is even contemplating moving.

West Valley police respond

West Valley City police spokeswoman Roxeanne Vainuku told KSL TV that two of the five burglaries were reported to them.

One of the reports led to the arrest of a suspect and the recovery of stolen property. The second case remains under investigation.

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West Valley City business burglarized on five separate occasions in six months