Crime Briefs: Fake dispatcher causes real stir |

Crime Briefs: Fake dispatcher causes real stir

Garfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 20-year-old Carbondale man after he broke into a Pitkin County dispatcher’s home and impersonated him over the radio.

Pitkin County officers were reporting weird radio traffic Dec. 3, with a man on the line who claimed to be a dispatcher who lived just outside of Glenwood Springs.

Meanwhile, the real dispatcher was in Aspen that night at a going-away party for a supervisor. He warned the responding Garfield County deputy that the radio traffic was coming from his home, which also had “a lot of guns” inside. No one, he said, should have been in the house, according to an affidavit.

When the sheriff’s deputy came to the house, he spoke over his patrol car’s PA system, ordering the man to come out of the house.

At that point the deputy saw the 20-year-old walk into the living room and unsuccessfully try to cover the window with a white towel to block the deputy’s view.

Fearing that the man might get a gun in the house, the deputy kicked in the locked door and ordered the young man out at gunpoint.

Outside, the man ignored commands to get on the ground, and instead he came at the deputy “at a high rate of speed,” according to the affidavit.

The deputy quickly holstered his pistol and pulled out his Taser. Even as the man came up to him and a struggle ensued, the officer was able to avoid using his Taser and take him to the ground.

The Carbondalian was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a felony, as well as resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer, theft and criminal mischief, all misdemeanors.

When the Pitkin County dispatcher got home, he found that about $20 worth of food had been eaten and a double-barrel shotgun had been loaded.


Carbondale police arrested two Kansas City men after finding a large amount of marijuana and some cocaine in their car.

Stopped in a Honda Civic just passed midnight Dec. 1, the pair said they were in Colorado visiting friends.

But after questioning at the scene, one man told police there was “a little bit of coke” and more than a little marijuana in the car, according to an affidavit.

Officers found one gram of cocaine, “two large vacuumed sealed bags” of marijuana at about a pound each, three-and-a-half ounces of marijuana concentrate and one bottle containing another 5 ounces of marijuana.

Both men eventually told police they had gone to Paonia to get marijuana, which they planned to sell in Denver, according to the affidavit.

They were arrested on charges of conspiracy to distribute between 12 ounces and 5 pounds of marijuana, a class 3 felony, and possession of cocaine.

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