Weekly Crime Report

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:

 

 

  • Last Thursday, a 71-year-old Gillette man may have been excited to find out he’d won $2.8 million and a new car from Publishers Clearing House (PCH)! The only thing he had to do, they told him, was to first pay $906.99 in taxes before the cash and vehicle would be released to him. He paid it. When he called to find out when he would be receiving his money and car, he was told to send another $5,400. Fearing he had been scammed (he had), he reported it to both his bank and CCSO. The investigation is ongoing. (On a side note, per PCH, the odds of Ed McMahon showing up at your doorstep with an oversized cardboard check are 1 in 6,200,000,000. Actually, less, since McMahon passed away in 2009. In any case, don’t fall for this scam.)

 

  • In yet another lame human cheating human crime, a 59-year-old man reported that someone had used his business information to open an account at the Bank of the West, where they were able to charge $2,113 in electronics. An investigation is underway.

 

  • More graffiti has been reported in Gillette. This time a vandal sprayed pink paint on the Prince of Peace Church in the 200 block of Flying Circle. No description of the graffiti was provided, and the estimated cleanup cost is $100. There were no suspects at the time of reporting.

 

  • A tire slasher hit the 1900 block of South Emerson Thursday, July 16, where they cut two tires on a 48-year-old man’s 2007 Kia and 2007 Saturn. Damages are estimated at $400, and no suspects have been named.

 

  • One 58-year-old Gillette man did not take losing lightly when he was arrested Thursday evening at Wyoming Downs. The man, who had a .222% blood alcohol level, busted out the screen on his gambling machine. It’s not clear how much he lost, but the cost to replace the machine is about $30,000.

 

  • After allegedly signing for “two trikes” purchased from a Gillette man, the out-of-town buyer claimed not to have received them, thus pulling his payment of $3,650. Along with not knowing what “two trikes” are or why they are in quotations, it’s equally unclear how the man was able to pull his payment. What’s not unclear is the understandable anger of the 41-year-old Gillette man who is not out of both his money and “trikes,” despite having evidence of the buyer’s signature upon receiving the delivery. The case is still under investigation.

 

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  • Someone lifted a 5-gallon gas can off of the porch of a 54-year-old Gillette woman on July 17 at her home in the 800 block of North Gurley Avenue. The can was half-filled with gas for a total value of $24.

 

  • A 39-year-old disgruntled father reportedly came within inches of running over the mother of his child and their child during a custody exchange last Friday evening. According to the female, the man sped off, after nearly hitting them both.

 

  • A party went south Saturday, July 18, resulting in the arrest of several attendees. After receiving a noise complaint, officers turned up at the residence in the 200 block of East Tonk Street, where they found about 10 people hanging out and identified the smell of burnt marijuana. The 26-year-old occupant of the home consented to a search in which officers found 61 THC liquid cartridges, 4.5 grams of marijuana plant form and THC wax. The woman was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance by weight. A 30-year-old female was also arrested for use of a controlled substance, along with a 34-year-old and a 23-year-old woman, who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant.

 

  • When a 64-year-old Gillette man woke up in his front yard last Saturday morning, he immediately checked his pockets to find nearly $4,000 in cash missing from his pockets. The man had won the money at Wyoming Downs Friday evening, and after a night of celebration (.288% blood alcohol level), he apparently passed out in his front lawn. The money was not in fact stolen, but rather taken out of his pockets by his 56-year-old girlfriend who didn’t want to see it “blowing in the wind.” The man submitted to a PBT and was arrested for being really drunk.

 

  • A 2-year-old boy was found walking down Gurley Avenue just before 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning. Just about the same time he was found, police received a call from the boy’s 23-year-old mother reporting him missing. The case was referred to DFS for investigation.

 

  • Emergency responders saved a 26-year-old man from overdosing Saturday morning. After receiving a report of an unresponsive male in the 100 block of Desert Hills Circle, officers immediately began life-saving measures, including three doses on Narcan, at which point the man began breathing again. A search of the house turned up a syringe that tested positive for heroin. The male refused further medical treatment and was arrested for use of a controlled substance and an outstanding warrant. A big hats off to those officers and first responders who saved this guy’s life! (By the way, you can thank them yourself on Saturday, July 25, at the American Legion Post 42 free Public Service Appreciation Day lunch from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Legion).

 

  • A 14-year-old male boy was busted in the act of spray-painting three pillars and a billboard under the Gurley Overpass Saturday night. The teen was cited for destruction of property and released to his father.

 

  • A 32-year-old man caught the attention of police Saturday after someone reported he was dancing outside and talking and singing to himself. The man appeared to be hallucinating. He later admitted to using meth that morning (and still had a trace on him), and was arrested for possession and use of a controlled substance.

 

  • A 24-year-old Gillette man reported Saturday that his Nissan Frontier had been keyed in the 900 block of Camel Drive, for an estimated $600 worth of damage. There were no suspects at the time of reporting, and the investigation remains ongoing.

 

  • An attempt to mail in drugs to an inmate at the Campbell County Detention Center was averted Sunday when staff intercepted a letter containing a small amount of methamphetamine folded up in a the letter. It’s not clear if any charges were filed.

 

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  • A 43-year-old male called was arrested after he called police Sunday to request a welfare check on his ex-wife and children. He reportedly told police that he had seen multiple people in the house that he did not know. Officers detected obvious signs of stimulant abuse, at which point he admitted to having used methamphetamine earlier that morning. A subsequent search of his person revealed a small amount of marijuana and he was arrested.

 

  • Someone suffering from TDS (Trump Derangement Syndrome) spray painted a Trump/Pence sign in the front yard of a home in the 500 block of Daisey Drive. The 32-year-old female resident reported it to police Sunday. The sign will cost $25 to replace.

 

  • A 46-year-old male is now out $2,000 after someone cut off three bike locks (three!!) to steal his bike from a rack in front of Fairfield Inn.

 

  • A man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and interference with officers at the Ramada Inn where a 34-year-old male was reportedly roaming the halls and going into unlocked rooms. Officers attempted to detain him when he pulled a syringe from his pocket and resisted arrest. Police found a baggie that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine and multiple syringes in the man’s room. A 26-year-old acquaintance of the man admitted to having eaten meth earlier that day. He was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and the 34-year-old male was arrested for interference with an officer.

 

  • A passing driver called in a REDDI report Monday after passing a vehicle parked in a ditch off HWY 14-16, about a half-mile north of Northeast Wyoming Regional Airport. The caller reported that the female driver appeared to be huffing air from a can of air duster. Deputies arrived to find a 49-year-old woman and a can of recently used air duster. She was arrested for DUI under a controlled substance.

 

  • A 22-year-old man missed curfew Sunday when he didn’t return to the VOA Monday after work. He apparently has no close friends or relatives in Gillette and was entered into NCIC as an escapee.

 

  • An employee at Quality Auto reported Tuesday that someone had broken out an office window and stole several keys, one belonging to a 2016 Dodge Challenger valued at $37,000 that the thief decided belonged to him. Detectives are currently working leads and the investigation is ongoing.

 

  • A 63-year-old man reported being injured by a chest bump during a confrontation with a coworker at their place of business in the 300 block of East Timothy last Tuesday. Apparently, the older man told police that he had confronted a 30-year-old coworker about a missing ladder, which the younger man denied ever happening. The 63-year-old employee was reportedly intoxicated and sent home early. There was no action taken by officers.

 

  • Someone reportedly stabbed and cut up the bottom of a plastic slide in Tatanka Park in Wright. The park employee who discovered it said the damage to the slide was not significant but enough to cause serious injury to a child. The cost to fix the slides is valued at $600 and the investigation is ongoing.

 

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  • An intoxicated 23-year-old man had already done significant damage before being pulled over Wednesday evening at the corner of Hwy 59 and Patty Avenue. Prior to his arrest, the man had reportedly hit several cars in the 2700 block of Needle Court, before fleeing the scene and was later transported to the ER for his injuries. He admitted to officers that he had hit the cars and was arrested for DUI, eluding officers, expired registration, no vehicle insurance and breach of peace.