Logan vehicle booter cited for unlawful booting, latest in string of complaints with police

The owner of Cache Auto Booting Services, Dennis Shaw, was cited by Logan Police Thursday with unlawful booting of a vehicle, and it’s the latest in a long history of police involvement in complaints against the booting company.The latest incident reportedly happened on Oct. 1 at Yorkshire Apartments in Logan. According to the police report of the incident, an officer responded to a call from a business owner who had given a customer a loaner car while repairs were performed on the customer’s vehicle.The loaner car reportedly was taken by the customer to Yorkshire Apartments where it was parked and, at some point, given a boot because a license plate wasn’t visible. The boot reportedly was on the vehicle for six days before police were called, and because of the length of time the vehicle was immobilized, the cost to have the boot removed was reported as $490.In October, the fee was paid on the booted car and the boot was removed, but according to the police report, the responding officer revisited the incident in November and spoke a Logan city attorney about whether the $490 charge was higher than the city’s booting ordinance allowed, thus in violation. It wasn’t until Thursday that a summons was issued for Shaw in relation to the October booting incident.According to the police report, Logan Police Lt. Bret Randall spoke with Shaw and Shaw said he was told by Logan City Attorney Kymber Housely that “he could charge whatever he wanted for each additional 24 hours,” an apparent reference to the Logan Municipal Code which states that the maximum fee for a boot removal is $70 for up to 24 hours, but doesn’t explicitly specify what the fee for removal can be after 24 hours.In Randall’s police report, it is stated that Shaw violated a state code regarding vehicle immobilization devices which states the maximum fee for boot removal is $75, and makes no reference to any time period in which that fee is applicable.Cache Auto Booting Services contracts with several property owners throughout the county to provide vehicle immobilization services on vehicles that are deemed to be illegally parked. The practice of booting vehicles has come under fire in recent years due to allegations of predatory practices, inadequate signage and unsympathetic employees.Thursday’s charge of unlawful vehicle booting against Shaw may be the first time that criminal charges have resulted from a complaint, but it certainly was not the first complaint made with police against Shaw and his company.On Friday, police officials presented CacheValleyDaily.com with a two-inch binder full of police records detailing previous complaints against Shaw and Cache Auto Booting Services. The complaints detail a long history of unhappiness disputes with the booting company ranging from allegations of misplaced signage to complaints about unreasonable employees.Also in the binder was a letter from former Logan Police Capt. Eric Collins written to the Logan Municipal Council two years ago that recommended against a request from Shaw’s company for an increase in maximum booting fee allowed by Logan City. Shaw was requesting a fee increase of $5 to $75 — the maximum allowed by the state. The request was denied by the Municipal Council.

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