SALT LAKE CITY — Three men accused of joyriding on a tractor, damaging a popular corn maze in Syracuse, have been charged.
Brady Don Hansen, 19, of Harrisville, Weber County, and 18-year-olds Nathan James Westmoreland and Bronson Chase Reeder, both of Hooper, Weber County, were charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with criminal mischief, a third-degree felony, because of the amount of damage they allegedly caused. They were also charged with trespassing, a class B misdemeanor.
The three are accused of going to Black Island Farms on Sept. 29 at about 3:30 a.m. and taking a tractor and ATV on a joyride throughout the property.
In a Facebook post the next day, administrators at Black Island Farms stated that their corn maze sustained "substantial damage."
“We are saddened to say that last night some time after our opening night closing, someone came down and decided to take some of our equipment out on a joyride around the farm.”
The Corn Maze and Harvest Festival also had other equipment damaged, the farm stated. A $500 reward was offered for information leading to the arrests of those responsible.
Almost right away, posts from the defendants started to show up on Snapchat, according to charging documents.Comment on this story
One man told police "he was at the Weber State football game when he was shown a Snapchat video of a person riding a tractor through a cornfield," the charges state.
The video came from one of the men's Snapchat accounts.
On Nov. 6, a detective met with Westmoreland, who admitted the three men went to the farm about 3 a.m. and "that things 'went south' when the three of them took turns driving the tractor around the property," the charges state.
The total damage caused by the men was about $3,000, the charges state.