Man arrested in West Jordan tree vandalism case

Wesley Pettis

Wesley Pettis

WEST JORDAN, Utah – Officers have arrested 24-year-old Wesley J. Pettis in a string of tree vandalism in West Jordan.

Authorities said they went to investigate calls of a man acting suspiciously at the Willow Cove Apartments near 9300 S. Redwood Rd. Sunday.

They spoke to Pettis and realized he resembled a suspect in a recent case of tree vandalism.

Officers say they have connected Pettis to at least four of the damaged trees and he could be responsible for others as well.

Police say at least 50 trees have been destroyed in the recent vandalism.

Officials said it has cost the city about $35,000.

Pettis is facing criminal mischief charges for vandalism and is being held on a $5,000 bond.

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