Crime Briefs: In Rifle, it’s man versus Wal-Mart |

Crime Briefs: In Rifle, it’s man versus Wal-Mart

A failed attempt to pass a bad check was just the first of several conflicts between a 39-year-old Battlement Mesa man and Wal-Mart in Rifle.

According to his arrest affidavit, it all began Nov. 2, when the man tried to go through a self-checkout lane with a check that wouldn’t process. When the clerk noticed a woman’s name on the check, the man left the check and items behind and said he would get his ID from the car, but didn’t return. The owner of the checks later confirmed that one of her checkbooks was missing. A license plate number written on top of the check was traced to a dead person from Denver.

On Nov. 4, an attendant told police that a man by a similar description had pushed a full cart through the Wal-Mart garden center fence and loaded the contents into a green Ford Explorer. On Nov. 7, he was caught on camera once again bypassing the register through the garden center.

He was taken into custody on Nov. 13 on suspicion of felony forgery, misdemeanor theft, criminal mischief and failure to appear.


Glenwood Springs police suspected that a local man was under the influence of methamphetamine on Nov. 4 after he reportedly refused to leave a local nonprofit and then attempted to enter a nearby elementary school playground.

According to his arrest affidavit, the 45-year-old followed clients around the nonprofit office. He reportedly later left in the direction of the school, but was stopped by a teacher.

When officers caught up with him nearby, he told them he was looking for a guy “he had words with.” A search of his person yielded .3 grams of meth, and he was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor use of a controlled substance, trespass and parole violation.


A Glenwood Springs landlord called police on Halloween to report syringes and suspicious items left behind by a tenant who was in the process of moving out.

Police searched the apartment and, according to the arrest affidavit for the 22-year-old tenant, found an array of used and unused needles, including one that tested positive for methamphetamine, as well as numerous checks under someone else’s name.

The woman was later arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a financial device, felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance and bond revocation.


A family conflict near Carbondale escalated the night of Nov. 14 when the 30-year-old who prompted the initial 911 call briefly got control of a responding deputy’s vehicle.

According to the arrest affidavit, police arrived to find the man’s father bruised, his brothers holding him down, and the whole group smelling of alcohol. The man reportedly struggled as he was escorted outside, and the family became upset when he was formally arrested, saying that he had mental health issues in the past.

He was placed in the back of a cruiser and, while deputies were issuing one of the brothers a summons for obstruction, apparently freed his hands, took control of the car, and drove it up onto the lawn. When he came to a stop, he was removed and placed in a different car.

He was later booked on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, attempt to escape and second-degree assault, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor reckless endangerment.


Responding to a report of inappropriate contact between a 24-year-old man and a 13-year-old girl, Carbondale Police secured an arrest warrant. The man was arrested on Nov. 16 on suspicion of exploitation of a child, Internet luring of a child and sex assault on a child, all felonies.


When a Rifle man left his SUV warming up on Oct. 21, a man in dark clothes jumped in and drove it away.

On Nov. 8, authorities spotted the red Chevy Trailblazer. The sole occupant, a 38-year-old Rifle man with a suspended license, was arrested on suspicion of felony motor vehicle theft and misdemeanor driving under restraint.

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