Crime Briefs: Bedbug complaint turns up drugs |

Crime Briefs: Bedbug complaint turns up drugs

Ryan Summerlin

Parachute police Sunday morning arrested a couple staying in the Candlewood Suites after hotel staff found drugs and syringes in their room.

A 26-year-old man staying at the hotel came to the front desk complaining that his bed was infested with bugs and that the woman staying with him was no longer welcome, according to an affidavit.

An employee who went to check the room out found white powder and syringes in the room.

A Parachute police officer who was called to the scene found a cutting board with cocaine on it. “I also saw a circular glass tray from the microwave out on the counter with a white powdery substance,” the officer wrote in an affidavit.

The officer found syringes in the bathroom and in a trash can. A knife on the table had brown residue on it.

Police then contacted the woman who’d been staying with the 26-year-old. An officer saw her taking some belongings from the room to a Jeep in the parking lot. She denied knowing about drugs in the room.

During this conversation, (hotel) staff got a call from the male suspect. “(He) told them that he didn’t want to get into trouble with the police and stated that the drugs belonged to her,” according to an affidavit.

Both were arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony.

Man SAID HE stOlE to keep warm

A 67-year-old man living out of his Toyota Sequoia was arrested Nov. 3 after, Glenwood Springs police say, he was trying to take a battery from car dealership when his own had died.

An officer found him at about 2:30 a.m. with the hood of a Ford F-350 popped open, holding a flashlight and wrench. He appeared to be removing the battery from this vehicle at the Ford dealership.

He told the officers that he was sleeping in his vehicle and needed the battery to work for warmth as the night was cold. He said he planned to borrow the battery to jump start his own vehicle.

He was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, a class 5 felony, and attempted theft from auto, a misdemeanor.


A 20-year-old New Castle man was arrested Monday for spray painting graffiti, possibly gang-related symbols, on a trailer on the 400 block of Rodrick Lane, according to police.

While in the trailer a man who lives there heard someone spray painting outside. He came out to find his residence vandalized and saw a young man walking away. He could hear what sounded like the balls inside of spray paint cans rattling from inside his jacket, he told police.

The resident video recorded the young man walking away, which police reviewed. Matching a photo of his face from the video and mug shots on file, police identified him as a 20-year-old from New Castle.

Damage from the graffiti was estimated at $15,000 at least to repaint.

New Castle police say the young man thought the trailer was abandoned and that this crime appears to be out of boredom. He spray painted the length of the trailer with various symbols, some of which were thought to be gang related.

He was arrested Monday on charges of criminal mischief between $1,000 and $5,000, a class 6 felony.

At the Garfield County Jail, deputies discovered an “unknown crystal substance” on him, some of which he gave up, though more was discovered in a strip search. It tested positive as an amphetamine, according to an affidavit.

His additional arresting charges were possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony, and felony introduction of contraband.

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