Crime Briefs: ‘Racially charged’ shouts escalate with gun
A 46-year-old Carbondale man faces a felony charge after his neighbors reported that he as yelling “racially charged” comments at them while armed with a gun.
When Carbondale police were dispatched the evening of May 4 to the 700 Block of Colorado Avenue, dispatch could hear a man threatening to assault someone.
“(He) told (the neighbor) that he needs to move back to Mexico and get out of his neighborhood,” according to an affidavit.
The 46-year-old man began yelling at his neighbors, a man and his son, when police pulled up in their driveway.
The neighbors said the man was intoxicated and tried to spray them with a garden hose.
At one point he went into his home and came back out with a gun, though he never pointed it at them, according to an affidavit.
When police arrived, the 46-year-old said his neighbors were doing meth or heroin, that “the kid is up to no good.”
He was arrested on charges of aggravated menacing with a gun, a class 5 felony, along with bias motivated crimes and prohibited use of a weapon, both misdemeanors.
STING LEADS TO meth charges
Two Rivers Drug Enforcement Team used a confidential informant May 10 to set up a buy of methamphetamine from a 27-year-old man selling under the name “Asian.”
The informant contacted the alleged dealer through Craigslist, and the seller said he was living in Avon and could sell half an once of methamphetamine for $750, according to an affidavit.
TRIDENT set up an undercover operation at the Glenwood Springs Mall.
When officers arrested the Avon man in the parking lot, he appeared to be nervous and was shaking, which an officer wrote looked to be consistent with someone on methamphetamine.
TRIDENT officers also found a knife with a 6-inch blade on the man.
They found methamphetamine on him and in his car, along with a scale and several plastic bags. In total they found about 18 grams of meth, a powerful, addictive stimulant.
The man was arrested on charges of attempted distribution of more than seven grams of methamphetamine, a class 2 drug felony; possession with intent to distribute more than seven grams of methamphetamine, a class 2 drug felony; and possession of methamphetamine, a class 4 drug felony. He was also charged with misdemeanor unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.
Carbondale PAIR arrested on check fraud
Police arrested a Carbondale couple May 6 after they talked another young man into forging and cashing a stolen check for them, according to authorities.
A 20-year-old man told police that he had been approached by a 19-year-old man and 22-year-old woman, both from Carbondale.
The 20-year-old gave the younger man a blank check bearing someone else’s name and asked him to go cash it for $800 at La Perla Dress Shop, a women’s clothing store.
The real owner of the check later told police that the checking account had been closed for more than a year. He said the pair had recently been at his house, and he’d found that a box of old checkbooks had been taken out of a drawer.
In return for cashing the check, the 19-year-old got $20 and then went to the nearby 7-Eleven for cigarettes.
Later, realizing that what he’d done was a mistake, he called in a report to the police.
Both the man and woman were arrested May 6 on charges of identity theft, a class 4 felony; forgery, a class 5 felony; and the misdemeanors theft and criminal possession of a financial device.
arrest MADE IN check fraud
In April Glenwood Springs police responded to Dinero Rapido when an employee reported that a man who had cashed a stolen check was back at the business trying to cash another check.
In January the man, a 24-year-old from Carbondale, came in and cashed a $721.64 check that was eventually returned by the bank, which said the check had been stolen from a residence in Rifle.
The owner of the check told Rifle police that the check had been stolen out of his mailbox. Dinero Rapido eventually reimbursed the man for the stolen check it cashed.
The 24-year-old was arrested April 29 on charges of identity theft, a class 6 felony; criminal possession of a financial device, a misdemeanor; and theft, a petty offense.
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