Crime Briefs: That’s not the car you say it is, buddy
Classic car savvy came in handy for a Rifle Police officer on Oct. 14, when he pulled over what turned out to be a stolen Ford Mustang with fictitious plates.
The 38-year-old driver, unaware that he’d been recognized from previous interactions with local law enforcement, provided a fake name, copy of an insurance card and the title for a ‘67 Mustang.
Unfortunately for him, the car was a ‘65 Mustang, which the officer recognized and confirmed with a Google Image search.
Although the vehicle identification number plate on the door was missing, police were able to pull one from the fender and found that the car had been reported stolen in Wheat Ridge in May. The man, who claimed he bought the car from an anonymous woman, was arrested on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, attempting to alter or remove a VIN, possession of a forged instrument and theft, all felonies, as well as displaying fictitious plates.
Camera captures ATV thieves
When a Glenwood Springs area man woke to find two ATVs missing from his garage and a pair of bicycles and pile of feces left in their place, he turned to his game camera for answers.
The camera, installed to catch photos local bear and cubs, showed a pair of men on the property in the early hours of Oct. 14, one of whom was identified by deputies from a distinctive facial tattoo.
According to the arrest affidavit, the value of the stolen vehicles was estimated around $20,000, not including a potentially related theft of a bike and snowshoes nearby.
The next day, authorities caught up with a pair of suspects, 18 and 27, both from Glenwood Springs. They were arrested on suspicion of two counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft and second-degree burglary, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor theft, trespass and tampering.
She recorded ex’s attack
After her ex arrived to pick up their child after he was told not to on Oct. 14, a Rifle woman set up a camera to catch the scene.
The woman told police that the 22-year-old Rifle man reached through the window, unlocked the door, grabbed her by the neck and took the child. According to the arrest affidavit, she also showed officers marks on her neck and shared the video, which back up her version of events.
The man, who was restrained from harassing or assaulting both his ex and their child, was later arrested on suspicion of felony burglary, misdemeanor assault and violation of restraining order, which will be treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing.
He exposed himself, then took clothing
A case of indecent exposure at Walmart in Glenwood Springs escalated to shoplifting and menacing on the evening of Oct. 17.
It began when a 61-year-old New Castle man allegedly emerged from the restroom with his pants down. He was escorted out, but, according to testimony in the arrest affidavit, returned and attempted to leave without paying for a set of coveralls and a sweatshirt. Confronted by an employee, he reportedly pulled a pocket knife and muttered something about killing an old woman in the street.
When Glenwood Springs police caught up with him, he reportedly said he had no weapons but pulled the pocket knife when an officer approached for a pat search.
He was handcuffed at Taser and gunpoint and arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery and menacing, both felonies.
He came back with a gun
An employee at a Rifle bar called police on the night of Oct. 3 after a belligerent patron reportedly threatened to return with a gun.
A witness told officers that the man had made comments about carrying before speeding off in his car and blowing through a stop sign, then appeared to take something from his car when he returned, according to the arrest affidavit.
Police arrived to find a swaying 37-year-old Silt man in front of the bar with a holstered handgun mostly covered by his shirt.
The weapon turned out to be a loaded 9mm, and the man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing, carrying a concealed weapon, possession while under the influence and careless driving.
Debt collection at gunpoint
A confrontation over an outstanding debt in Rifle escalated Oct. 13 when the collector allegedly brandished a gun.
The 18-year-old Rifle man initially denied having a weapon at all, but later told police he had a BB gun on him but hadn’t showed it. Police obtained a warrant for his apartment, where they discovered a loaded .38 revolver — which turned out to be listed as stolen — hidden in a stack of tires.
The man was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and misdemeanor theft.
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