Garfield County Sheriff’s Office Crime Report – Jan. 16, 2014
Editor’s note: The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reports the following incidents and arrests. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
Traffic arrest: Deputies made a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 6 east of Rifle on Jan. 8 at 9:29 a.m. Christopher Michael Sprayberry, 30, of Rifle, was arrested on suspicion of driving with a revoked license, with his vision obstructed, not having proof of insurance and on an active warrant. He was taken to jail.
Scam warning: On Jan. 9, a citizen of Garfield County reported received a call from someone claiming to be a deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office. He further explained that if she did not pay some money that he claimed she owed, there would be a warrant out for her arrest within the hour. Lending credibility to the claim was the caller was able to make the sheriff’s office phone number appear on the caller ID on the citizen’s phone. When the citizen called the sheriff’s office, she was told that no deputy from the sheriff’s office had called her, despite what her caller ID might indicate. No law enforcement officer will contact a citizen telling them to pay an amount immediately or an arrest warrant will be issued.
The hope of the scammer is that through this intimidation, victims will immediately pay the amount, possibly through a wire transfer or by divulging some personal information, such as a credit card number. Do not be taken in by this scam. If someone does get a call such as this, call that office back and verify the story.
Trailer tagged: Deputies responded to the report of an abandoned boat trailer on County Road 346 outside Rifle on Jan. 11 at 9:23 p.m. The boat trailer was red tagged.
Fraud: Deputies received a report of credit card fraud on Mineral Springs Circle in Battlement Mesa on Jan. 9 at 10:38 a.m. where the reporting person is a victim of a phone scam. This case is closed/inactive pending further leads.
Pot possession: Deputies made a traffic stop in Rifle Village South south of Rifle on Jan. 9 at 1:16 p.m. Erny Gutierrez, 19, of Rifle, was issued a summons for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.
Traffic citation: Deputies made a traffic stop on Colorado Highway 82 outside Carbondale on Jan. 9 at 4:51 p.m. Israel Estrella-Colin, 33, of Silt, was issued a summons for driving without a valid license and with a missing tail lamp. The vehicle was impounded.
Warrant arrest: Deputies went to a location in the 800 block of South White River Avenue in Rifle on Jan. 10 at 5:12 p.m. to serve civil service papers. Travis Michael Misek, 25, of Rifle, and Shasta Marie Girouard, 31, of Battlement Mesa, were both arrested on active warrants and on suspicion of obstructing a peace officer. They were taken to jail.
Fraud: Deputies took a report of a credit card fraud on West Tamarack Circle in Battlement Mesa on Jan. 11 at 4:34 p.m. The case is closed/inactive pending further leads.
Vandalism: Deputies took a report of a vandalism incident on County Road 335 outside New Castle on Jan. 12 at 8:18 a.m. The case is closed/inactive pending further leads.
Harassment: Deputies responded to a report of an assault on County Road 233 outside Rifle on Jan. 13 at 6:57 a.m. Michael Shawn Parsons, 37, of Rifle, was issued a summons for harassment.
Warrant arrest: Deputies executed a warrant in the 200 block of Colorado Avenue in Parachute on Jan. 13 at 6:09 p.m. Zachary Richard Worel, 35, of Parachute, was arrested and taken to jail.
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