Crime Briefs: Woman attempts to recover vehicle from Rifle police that wasn’t hers to claim
Around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, a male and female went into the Rifle Police Department looking to get a vehicle from the impound lot.
The female provided the police records manager with identification of the owner of the vehicle that “did not look like her,” according to an arrest affidavit in the case.
When the records clerk began to question her about it, both parties left, but left the ID behind, according to the affidavit.
An officer attempted to go speak to the female, but she was no longer there by the time he got to the lobby. She had reportedly left, headed northbound on Railroad Avenue.
A short time later, the officer found the two parked on West 24th Street. The officer initiated a traffic stop and began speaking with the female driver.
She gave her name, which was a different name than on the identification she had at the Rifle Police Department.
The officer began to ask her questions about what happened at the Rifle Police Department and advised it was a felony to impersonate someone else.
She later said she pretended to be the vehicle owner to “help a friend,” states the affidavit.
The woman was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation, forgery and identity theft.
Drug arrest at Glenwood McDonald’s
Just before 11 p.m. Tuesday, Glenwood Springs Police officers were advised of a drug violation at the McDonald’s restaurant on South Glen.
When they arrived, officers approached two male suspects at the bus stop in front of Wal-Mart, states the arrest affidavit.
Officers gathered their names, but dispatch responded that no record was found for either. But one of the individuals appeared to match the description of the suspect in the initial call.
There was reportedly a backpack sitting next to them on the bench. Both denied the backpack belonged to them.
One of the officers searched the bag and located a semi-automatic pistol, as well as drug paraphernalia inside, states the affidavit.
Police detained both suspects and went to the McDonald’s to speak with the reporting party, who said one of the suspects had the backpack inside the McDonald’s and that they had witnessed a hand-to-hand transaction.
The exchange reportedly occurred between one of the suspects and a third party who worked for McDonald’s, the affidavit states.
During a search of the suspect, age 18, officers found narcotics. He and the McDonald’s employee, a juvenile, were arrested, states the affidavit.
‘Not mine’ game leads to drug arrest
Around 10:30 p.m. Monday, officers noticed a vehicle parked off into the brush at the Parachute Rodeo Grounds.
Due to the time and how the vehicle was parked, the officer contacted the occupants inside, states an arrest affidavit.
The passenger in the vehicle, 38, had a warrant for his arrest and was placed into custody.
The driver of the vehicle gave consent to a search, and officers found narcotics inside. The driver and passenger both denied the drugs belonged to them.
“Due to the location it was found,” the officer believed the passenger “was the one who possessed the methamphetamine and had hid it due to his knowledge of the warrant for his arrest,” the affidavit states.
He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance.
Park pay station thief caught by CPW
After months of investigation, Colorado State Patrol arrested a 28-year-old male last month in connection with multiple break-ins and damage to self-service fee stations at Rifle Gap, Harvey Gap and Rifle Falls state parks. Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials assisted with the arrest, according to the arrest affidavit.
It all started in mid-February when Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers noticed damage to the self-service tube at the Sailboard parking lot, used for visitors to put their user fees in when purchasing park passes.
It appeared somebody tried to pull out the tube using a vehicle, which damaged the handle, states the arrest affidavit.
On March 3, the same officer noticed the Harvey Gap boat ramp self-serve tube had been tampered with. There were burn marks on the door and lock of the tube, states the affidavit.
She and another officer drove to the Sailboard parking lot and saw a Hyundai Elantra stuck in the snow directly next to the self-serve tube in the middle of the lot.
The two CPW officers helped the man out of the snow, but he drove off before he could be identified, the affidavit says. The suspect was later identified with the help of Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies.
He was on probation for possession of burglary tools.
Later that day, one of the CPW officers drove to the Christo parking lot at Rifle Gap State Park and saw the same vehicle parked in the lot at around 4:30 p.m. When she returned the following day, she found that the self-service tub had been tampered with. Two days later, more damage had been done to the same pay station.
Around 10 days later, on March 16, CPW officers were collecting money from the self-service tubes and noticed that a lock had been tampered with at the visitor’s center.
CPW would discover more attempted break-ins at the self-service tubes over the next few days, the affidavit continues.
On April 19, at around 7:50 a.m., a CPW officer saw the suspect’s vehicle illegally parked at one of the lots in the striped no parking area without a park pass.
Colorado State Patrol was called, and when they entered the parking lot they blocked the suspect’s vehicle in, states the affidavit.
The suspect was put in custody and taken to jail.
After receiving search warrants, police found tools believed to be used in the break-ins, according to the affidavit.
The suspect was arrested for third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, among other charges.
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