Rifle Police Report
Editor’s note: The Rifle Police Department reports the following incidents and arrests. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
Burglary: Police responded to a business in the 600 block of Wapiti Court at 10:34 p.m. on Jan. 14. Upon arrival, police located an unauthorized individual inside the business while the business was closed. Dennis Garrett, 33, was arrested and transported to Garfield County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, possession of burglary tools (two counts), criminal mischief and unlawful possession of controlled substances (two counts).
Driving under the influence, minors in possession: Police initiated a traffic stop in the 200 block of Railroad Avenue at 2:47 a.m. on Jan. 15. Investigation showed that the driver had just been in a motor vehicle crash, and the driver had fled the scene. The driver, Humberto Guerrero, 19, of Rifle, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. Cinthya Ramos, 19, of Rifle, Nissa Aroyos, 19, of Rifle, and two juvenile females, ages 16 and 17, were issued summonses for minor in possession.
Criminal mischief: Police were dispatched to an attempted burglary in the 100 block of West 16th Street at 5:11 p.m. on Jan. 17. The door to a residence had been compromised, but it appears that entry was not made. The case is under investigation.
Burglary: Police were dispatched to the 2300 block of Ute Avenue at 5:26 p.m. on Jan. 17 for a report of burglary. A residence was broken into and items were stolen. This case is under investigation.
Criminal mischief: At 8:11 p.m. on Jan. 17, police were dispatched to the 100 block of East 10th Street for a report of attempted burglary. It appeared that the residence was not entered and that nothing was missing. The case is under investigation.
Vehicle break-ins: Police took a report at 8:45 a.m. on Jan. 18 of several vehicle break-ins in the 1900 block of Railroad Avenue. Police are still investigating.
Violation of a restraining order: Police were called to a possible protection order violation in the 200 block of East 18th Street at 10:41 a.m. on Jan. 18. Officers investigated and arrested Richard John Koucherik, 48, of Rifle, for violation of protection order by consuming alcohol. Koucherik was transported to the Garfield County Jail.
Criminal trespass: Police took a report of criminal trespass and theft from a vehicle in the 1000 block of Railroad Avenue at 1:47 p.m. on Jan. 18. A vehicle was broken into and several items were stolen. The case is under investigation.
Theft: Police took a report of a burglary in the 600 block of Elm Court at 3:43 p.m. on Jan. 18. A residential door was damaged, entry was gained and items were stolen from within. This case is under investigation.
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