Crime Briefs: Rifle man calls cops on himself |

Crime Briefs: Rifle man calls cops on himself

A 33-year-old Rifle man high on methamphetamine called police on himself while he was attempting to steal a truck, police say.

On Feb. 11 the man called 911 saying he had an emergency, but then put the phone down and didn’t say anymore, according to an arrest affidavit.

Officers responded to his residence and found his front door standing wide open. They could hear a shower running inside, but no one responded when they announced themselves. Searching the home, they found no one inside.

The police then redialed the phone number that had called 911, and the man answered. He said he was in a truck just down the block.

They got the man out of the truck, and he said he had left “his apartment because he smelled funny and that while taking a shower there was a strange cloud over the toilet,” according to the affidavit.

A Rifle officer wrote in the affidavit that the 33-year-old was sweating and grinding his teeth. “He would not talk in clear full sentences,” and “his movements were fast, along with his speech.”

The officers learned that the truck did not belong to him and arrested him. Officers found 1.6 grams of methamphetamine in his pocket.

In later interviews, he told police “that he thought it was his truck,” that “he did not have a vehicle,” that “he went to find a vehicle to steal it,” according to the affidavit.

He told police he’d purchased methamphetamine the day before and that he’d been using it that day, according to an affidavit.

The man was arrested on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 5 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony; criminal mischief and simple assault.

Teen busted on burglary charge

Rifle police arrested an 18-year-old Rifle man on burglary charges after finding him with some of the stolen items in his backpack, say police.

Police got a call from a 52-year-old woman who said she was tailing a man who she believed had stolen from her. She’d spotted him walking on 16th Street in Rifle and began following him.

She told police that after he took an iPhone, some jewelry and about $400 cash from her home, and later tried to sell some of those items to a friend of hers.

Rifle police estimated the jewelry to be worth about $1,600.

Rifle officer contacted the young man, and he said he’d lived with the woman and her family a couple years before.

The 18-year-old was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony, and misdemeanor theft after police found some of the items in his backpack.

Later he told police that he “took the phone and jewelry because it was easy and the only way to (get) money,” according to an affidavit. Police say the teenager used a credit card to open the door to the woman’s house.

Glenwood teen’s DRUG CHARGES

A 19-year-old Glenwood Springs man has twice been arrested on charges related to possession of methamphetamine in about the last month.

In January he was riding through town in an SUV driven by Andres Carrillo-Delara, the 18-year-old Carbondale man arrested Tuesday following a 5-hour standoff with local police and the county tactical team. Carrillo-Delara had threatened his stepfather with what appeared to be a real handgun, but investigators later found it was a BB gun, according to police.

A month before the standoff, when Glenwood police pulled the SUV over on Grand Avenue, officers smelled marijuana in the vehicle. The 19-year-old Glenwood man was in the passenger seat and two more men were in the back.

Carrillo-Delara didn’t have a driver’s license and lackied proof of insurance for the SUV. Officers found Carrillo-Delara’s license was revoked, and the 19-year-old Glenwood man was fidgeting in his seat and appeared to be trying to hide something, wrote the responding officer.

The car was towed because there was no insurance, and when police searched the vehicle they found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine and 32.7 grams of marijuana in a backpack. Also in the car they found glass pipes, small plastic bags, a glass bong and a small tin full of marijuana seeds.

Carrillo-Delara was arrested on charges that included possession of a controlled substance.

The Glenwood teen was arrested on charges of felony possession of a controlled substance, minor in possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of a protection order.

More recently he was picked up in Glenwood Meadows on Feb. 5 after a skateboard shop suspected him of having stolen a T-shirt. He later wore the same T-shirt back into the store, an employee told police.

Glenwood Springs police found him a short time later in the nearby Starbucks, still wearing the T-shirt, say police.

He appeared to be on methamphetamine, speaking erratically, unable to focus on the conversation, according to an affidavit.

In the meantime, his girlfriend had locked herself in the coffee shop’s restroom, and the employees asked the officers to remove her. She, too, was arrested on an outstanding arrest warrant.

Officers found a digital scale in the man’s backpack, and at the Garfield County Jail, after an officer had already searched him on scene, officers found 0.4 grams of methamphetamine in his wallet, according to police.

He received fresh charges of first-degree introduction of contraband, a class 4 felony; possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, a class 3 drug felony; and possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony. He was also charged with violation of a protection order, a misdemeanor, and theft and possession of paraphernalia, both petty offenses.


District Court Judge Denise Lynch kept bail at $500,000 for Byron Gardner, a Glenwood Springs man charged with attempted murder after police say he tried to keep his wife in a running car in their sealed up garage.

Glenwood police arrested him on Feb. 6 after his wife called, disoriented and vomiting, saying that he’d dosed her drink.

Gardner later told police he believed his wife was going to leave him, and he proposed that they have one more special night together, according to police. He told investigators he’d ground up a sleeping pill and put it in her drink before leading her to their garage, where he’d left a vehicle running, according to an affidavit.

Gardner told his wife he’d left the vehicle running to keep her warm, but police later also found all the garage doors were closed and a towel under one of the doors, the affidavit states.

Also in the home were their two children. A Glenwood Springs firefighter also responded to the home, where he found the highest levels of carbon monoxide he’d ever seen in a home, according to police.

Gardner faces charges of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and two counts of misdemeanor child abuse.

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