The Gillette Police Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office issue daily press briefings to help keep local news outlets like County 17 up to date on area crime and ongoing investigations. In addition to our daily Bookings feature, we’re now issuing a weekly crime report to help keep you – our readers, Gillette and Campbell County residents – informed of relevant police activity in our community.
Here’s a brief report of some of the recent crimes and ongoing investigations in Campbell County, courtesy of briefings with GPD and CCSO:
- A resident on Coal Train Road reported that someone had stolen his Huskey air compressor valued at $400, along with a custom-made saddle valued at $3,000 on July 2. There are no suspects and the investigation is ongoing.
- Last Thursday morning, deputies became suspicious when the vehicle in front of them sat through a green light at the intersection of Boxelder and Hwy. 59. When the light turned red, they investigated only to find the driver literally asleep at the wheel. The 45-year-old man appeared to be under the influence, according to the CCSO report, and a search of his vehicle revealed multiple baggies containing meth, a scale, used syringe and a pill suspected to be ecstasy. He was arrested for possession with intent to deliver meth.
- An inmate at the detention center took America’s Independence Day celebration to heart Saturday evening and decided to declare his own independence by not returning to CCSO after his furlough. He has since been entered into NCIC as an escapee, and at the time of this report, he is still missing.
- A resident on Antelope Valley Street reported a drive-by shooting directed at his horse Saturday evening. The man said that a black Toyota Pickup with multiple passengers shot fireworks at his horse, then fled. The horse was fine, but the passengers shooting fireworks at animals clearly are not. Who does that?? (We apologize for the editorializing, but come on!)
- Just after noon on July 5, a 33-year-old Gillette woman was discovered intentionally shooting fireworks at her personal vehicle with the intent to cause damage. The inside of the vehicle was fully engulfed in flames by the time CCFD responded.
- A Sheridan man was arrested for possession with intent to deliver meth after deputies stopped a GMC pickup with no headlights at the Kum & Go on Skyline Drive Saturday night. The 64-year-old Sheridan man appeared to be under the influence at which point a CCSO K-9 unit sniffed out three grams of meth, a scale and a used syringe.
- Yet another full-packed weekend of shoplifting at Walmart. Over the holiday, a 28-year-old female was cited for attempting to steal over $170 worth of merchandise while a 47-year-old male was caught trying to steal nearly $195 worth of stuff. That same day, a 29-year-old female was cited and trespassed from Walmart for attempting to steal over $75 worth of merchandise while a 32-year-old female got busted trying to pilfer merchandise valued at under $10. All were cited for shoplifting.
- A 34-year-old man who had been awake for two days after using meth called 911 to report himself just before 2 a.m. on July 5. He believed he was having a heart attack, he told EMS, and was transported to CCH. It was also discovered that he was on probation. He was cited for drug use and the case will be forwarded to his probation office.
- Five teenage males were discovered setting off fireworks in a portable restroom Monday evening, resulting in nearly $1,245 in damages. After a resident turned over surveillance video to police, the teens admitted to the act and charges are currently pending with the county attorney.
- Just after 10 p.m. July 6, officers attempted to pull over a speeding motorcyclist at the intersection of Garner Lake and Collins Road. When officers activated their emergency lights, the 21-year-old driver of the 2007 Kawasaki attempted to flee. When he finally pulled over, he was arrested and charged with eluding officers and reckless driving.
- Staff at First National Bank reported receiving multiple counterfeit bills over the past week, including one $1 bill, four $20 bills and one $100 bill. The case was forwarded to the Secret Service for further investigation.
- A 25-year-old Wright man was arrested for DUI Monday evening after playing bumper cars with his 2020 Dodge Charger. After hitting several other vehicles, deputies finally caught up with him in the Wright Public Library parking lot where he showed obvious signs of intoxication. Other charges are pending in addition to the DUI.
- Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to an anonymous report of drugs at the Ramada Inn. A K-9 did a free air sniff of the building and zeroed in on a room on the first floor. Inside, officers found a 21-year-old female, a 20-year-old female, an 18-year-old male and a 17-year-old male. After receiving consent to search the room, they found 2 grams of cocaine, 1.5 grams of meth and trace amounts of marijuana THC wax. The 20-year-old female was arrested for child endangering (felony) and possession of a controlled substance – meth, which was her third offense. The 21-year-old female was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and child endangering (felony). The 18-year-old male was arrested for possession of a controlled substance (cocaine) and was also wanted on a municipal warrant for his arrest. The 17-year-old male was released into the custody of his mother.
- A Gillette resident reported his 2003 Cadillac missing from his residence in the 800 block of North Gurley Avenue. He told police that the doors were locked but that he had left a key in the ignition. That evening, a WHP trooper spotted the missing car and arrested a 38-year-old male for stealing it.
- A 21-year-old Gillette man reported that an unknown person tried to kick in the locked front door of his residence in the 2300 block of Mahogany Circle while she was home on Wednesday evening. Damages are valued at $100 and the investigation remains ongoing.