Crime Briefs: Ex-worker at ambulance company raids inventory |

Crime Briefs: Ex-worker at ambulance company raids inventory

Ryan Summerlin

An employee of TransCare Ambulance called police early on the morning of Nov. 25 to report that she had received two calls from her office, but no one was on the line. No one should have been at the office, she told police.

When police got there, it at first appeared no one was at the building. But heading up a set of exterior stairs, an officer spotted a man inside.

“At gunpoint, (the officer) ordered the male to stop and come to the door with his hands visible,” according to an affidavit. The officers could see the man, later identified as a part-time employee, was wearing latex gloves and dressed almost entirely in black.

The man told officers he worked at TransCare and was there to get his paycheck. He always wore gloves at work for sanitary reasons, he said.

Supervisors said he had no reason to be in the building and that he’d already received his check.

Patting the man down, officers pulled a broken syringe and a packaged needle out of his pocket. Searching him further officers found “10 needle tips in the packaging, a needle with a tip intact, six alcohol prep cloths, two intact syringes each containing 3.5 milliliters of saline” and some vials containing antihistamines.

The operations manager told police the man hadn’t worked there in three months.

He was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 4 felony, and petty theft.


A Garfield County sheriff’s deputy stopped a black Toyota Corolla driving suspiciously on the westbound lane of Interstate 70 just west of Rifle.

The driver, who appeared anxious, gave multiple false names and birthdates. The deputy also suspected the female passenger was lying about the driver’s identity.

The deputy discovered drugs upon searching the vehicle.

“Under the driver seat I located a cut plastic pen body. The pen shell appeared to contain a white residue,” the deputy wrote in an affidavit.

“On the passenger side floor board I observed a red purse. Through the open top of the purse I observed a glass pipe with a large amount of white and burnt residue. I know the item to be drug paraphernalia and a common way to ingest methamphetamine. I then began searching in the purse and located two digital scales and a plastic bag that had multiple other small plastic bags.”

The driver said the items all belonged to him.

He had a felony warrant for parole violations and is a registered as a sex offender in Adams County. His license was revoked for habitual traffic offender status. The sergeant was able to match him to a Department of Corrections photo, partly because he had distinct face tattoos, according to an affidavit.

Detentions deputies at the Garfield County jail found a bag in the man’s underwear. Inside were multiple additional plastic bags, suspected to be used for drug distribution. And they found two plastic bags containing methamphetamine: one with 6.47 grams and the second with .43 grams

He was arrested on charges including possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a level 3 drug felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; introduction of contraband, a class 4 felony; and criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony. ;

His passenger was arrested on charges of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation. Upon arrest she gave up a pipe that was hidden in her bra.

neighbor busts garage burglary

A woman on Garfield County Road 320 reported to the sheriff’s office on Nov. 28 that a man in a black coat had broken into her neighbor’s garage by prying open the door with some tools.

Upon arrival, police officers could hear someone inside of the garage and discovered a middle-aged man wearing latex gloves. He was ordered to the ground at gunpoint. Officers found a multi-tool and two screwdrivers on him.

The property owner later confirmed that the door was damaged, appearing to have had some kind of tool inserted to damage the lock and door knob, according to an affidavit.

The man was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 4 felony; possession of burglary tools, a class 5 felony; misdemeanor criminal mischief; and petty offense third-degree trespass.

chase ends in eluding charge

At about 2 a.m. Thursday, Rifle police received reports of a drunken driver at a Kum & Go.

Three men who all “appeared to be very intoxicated” tried to buy beer, a clerk told police.

An officer spotted the vehicle in which they left, a red Chevrolet Blazer, on the 1100 block of Railroad. The vehicle sped up as the officer began following, according to an affidavit.

The Blazer sped through a stop sign and appeared to nearly lose control on a turn. The vehicle was traveling in excess of 70 mph through town. On the 2100 block of White River Avenue, the driver slammed on the brakes and turned onto 21st Street, where the vehicle stopped.

The driver smelled of alcohol, his speech was slurred and he was unsteady on his feet, according to a Rifle officer.

He was arrested on charges of vehicular eluding, a class 5 felony, along with the misdemeanors driving under the influence, reckless driving and driving without a license.

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