‘Stalking on steroids’: Pricey pranks tormenting Utah family, multiple businesses

NORTH SALT LAKE — It began in August with a tow-truck company that showed up at Walt Gilmore’s North Salt Lake home.

“He said, ‘We’re here to take a car from your driveway,'” recalled Gilmore. “I said, ‘No, you’re not.'”

But that was just the beginning.

For the next seven months, the parade of people showing up to Gilmore’s house expecting to provide services has been nearly nonstop.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

A warning sign and a police officer’s vehicle are stationed at Walt Gilmore’s home on Thursday, March 21, 2019.

“Electricians, plumbers, people wanting to trim my trees. Tow trucks are the biggest concern to us,” he said. “I’d have up to 20 people per day coming to my home offering services and telling me that I asked them to come.”

While some might think Gilmore is the victim of someone’s ultimate prank, he said it’s no laughing matter — especially since not all of the people who are showing up are offering services or even have good intentions.

“They have police records. Criminals. Felons. Active warrants for their arrests coming to my home. They’re looking for drugs. They’re offering prostitution. And it’s pretty concerning to me, my family, and my entire neighborhood that these folks are there,” he said.

“These are individuals who come to our home in the middle of the night — 10, 11 o’clock, 1, 2, 3 in the morning. Five-thirty this morning I had another one out there, I had to call the police.”

North Salt Lake police say they have never seen a stalking case like this one before.

“Today’s technology allows him to be at my front door right now. And that is incredibly emotional for my family and me.”

Walt Gilmore

“It’s pretty vindictive in what they’re doing,” said Sgt. Mitch Gwilliam. “Stalking is stalking. But this is stalking on …read more

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