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Woman steals car, reads Bible

Ryan Summerlin

A 41-year-old man reported to Rifle police on July 2 that a woman he let stay at his place had stolen his car.

He told Rifle police that he was acquaintances with her boyfriend, and that she came to his residence July 1 looking for a place to stay. At about 5:30 a.m., the woman told him that she was going to Kum & Go for a drink.

And at 8:30 a.m. he woke to find his white Saturn sedan and keys gone.

The woman had been homeless for several weeks to months, according to police. After she brought the car back to him later that morning, she told police that he had offered to let her use the sedan.

She told police that he let her take the car, and while she’d intended to bring it right back, she went back to her old neighborhood where she sat, read the Bible and eventually fell asleep.

When she woke back up, the car wouldn’t start, and she had to get a jump start from a man she knew, she told police.

This incident caused the man to be late for his daughter’s birthday, he told police.

She was arrested on felony aggravated motor vehicle theft.


A man and a woman were arrested on felony drug distribution charges July 15 afternoon after being stopped for an expired temporary tag.

A Glenwood officer pulled over the van, spotted on Wulfsohn Road in Glenwood Meadows. The officer became suspicious when he saw someone in the back of the van moving “abruptly,” appearing to be trying to hide something, according to a police report.

The male driver was then unable to explain why she was riding in the back of the van instead of the front passenger seat.

Officers were going impound the vehicle for expired registration and began inventorying the van.

A Glenwood officer found about a half-gram of methamphetamine in a purse near where the woman was seated, according to the report. They also located a large bag of about 350 grams of some powdery substance, which officers suspected to be used as a “cutting agent.” They found five loaded syringes, four with a cloudy liquid, one with a “dark red/brown colored liquid.” Officers suspected these to be methamphetamine or heroin. Officers also discovered 33 empty syringes.

“It was decided that due to the amount of needles within the vehicle and a large amount of other items within the vehicle, that a search warrant for the vehicle would be obtained and executed at the Glenwood Springs [Municipal Operations Center],” an officer wrote in the report.

Later, with the search warrant, officers found four cell phones.

The 46-year-old male driver and 31-year-old female passenger were arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance, both drug felonies, and petty offense drug paraphernalia possession. The 46-year-old was additionally arrested on misdemeanor failure to obtain registration.

Woman arrested on assault, possession

Parachute police responded to reports of a fight at the Parachute Inn on the evening of June 13. Two women and a man were reported for fighting outside a hotel room.

A man and woman interviewed by police in the room reported that a 22-year-old woman had assaulted the other woman in the room. Hotel video footage showed the 22-year-old exit the room and punch the older woman, who was sitting outside.

At first, the officer couldn’t find the suspect and left for another call. But then a report came in of someone trying to break into that hotel room.

The officer returned to find the 22-year-old woman in a security guard’s custody. She appeared to be intoxicated and under the influence of drugs, according to Parachute officers.

After her arrest, she reportedly kicked an officer at one point while he was trying to readjust her cuffs, and tried to head butt an ER staffer while they were trying to get her medical clearance at Grand River Hospital. She then spit in an officer’s face, according to an affidavit.

She was uncooperative throughout the arrest, also banging on the cage in the patrol car.

Later an officer found a syringe in her purse, along with three caps and a baggie of white crystalline substance.

“She is known to use methamphetamine along with heroin,” an officer wrote in her arrest report. Officers also found her with a prescription bottle containing Tramadol Hydrochloride, a schedule IV controlled substance.

She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a drug felony, along with misdemeanor possession and two counts of misdemeanor third-degree assault. She was also arrested on petty offense possession of drug paraphernalia.

Man stopped in stolen Mitsubishi

On the morning of July 2, a Colorado State Patrol trooper stopped a 42-year-old man speeding near Parachute in a Mitsubishi coupe painted black with primer.

The trooper found the vehicle to be stolen out of Douglas County in June. The car was yellow at that time. The trooper believed the car to have been recently repainted due to “overspray” on the license plates and lenses.

Yellow paint could be seen on the door jams, according to the trooper. The driver’s license was also found to be suspended.

The trooper wrote that the driver appeared to be leaving the state with the vehicle. The driver said he was making payments on the car, but he didn’t know the name of the person he was paying, according to the trooper.

He was arrested on charges of felony aggravated motor vehicle theft less than $20,000 and misdemeanor driving under restraint.

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