The Gillette Police Department (GPD) and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO) 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:
- Following a string of bicycle thefts from children this summer, yet another awesome person lifted a child’s bike from the Parkside Apartments. The bike is valued at around $200 and was reported missing July 30 at around 11 a.m.
- A 15-year-old girl reported missing last week from the Mustang Motel, where she and her mother were staying, was found in the company of a 21-year-old male last Thursday just before noon. Officers were contacted by motel staff regarding the male, who was also wanted on an outstanding warrant. The man was arrested, and the girl taken to the local crisis shelter.
- A Gillette man living at South Park Apartments returned home Thursday evening to find an empty UPS envelope at his front door. Missing was the Corsair Vengeance 32G drive he had ordered, valued at over $150.
- A 45-year-old California man was surprised Friday morning when police greeted him near mile marker 131 on HWY 51 as his train pulled into the station. He’d illegally hopped a ride from Billings to Gillette and was noticed by a passing BNSF train. The free ride cost him an arrest for illegal train riding and criminal trespass.
- An employee at Family Dollar reported finding a counterfeit $20 bill in her register on Monday. It’s not clear what the bill looked like or how she determined it was phony.
- Two guys walk into a bar (Boothill Legendary Nightclub & Sports Bar) and fall for the same woman. One guy shoves, the other throws a punch to the nose. One is cited for breach of peace, the other gets the girl. Or not. Who knows?
- An unknown Caucasian male attempted to pass a counterfeit $20 bill at the Walgreen’s pharmacy drive-thru in exchange for a box of syringes. When the employee noticed the fake bill, he called the guy out on it. The man then peeled out in his green pickup. Nothing fishy there.
- An employee at Drury Brothers Roofing reported Tuesday that their front door had been forced open by “someone using some type of tool.” The cost to fix the door is estimated at $400, and the employee reported that nothing else appeared to be damaged or missing.
- A 31-year-old Gillette man got tired of a 17-year-old boy allegedly speeding through his neighborhood in the 2600 block of Cascade Drive, and on Tuesday, took matters into his own hands when he darted out into the street to flag the driver down. The teen didn’t appreciate being stopped and a verbal argument ensued. Soon, the man’s wife and the boy’s mother stepped in, and at some point, the older man punched the teen’s car. All were cited for breach of peace.
- A Gillette woman paid $385 after receiving a call from a phony debt collector, telling her she owed $800. When she called back to make arrangements for paying the remaining money owed, she was told that the number had been disconnected. (Watch out for these scams, folks, because it’s virtually impossible to get your money back, and be sure to check our weekly Hacker’s Brief for the latest and greatest cybercrimes.)
- In a case of teenagers behaving poorly, police responded to West Hills Loop Tuesday after 10 p.m. for a report of kids fighting in the street. When police arrived, the fighters had disbanded, but the remaining teens on scene, including an 18-year-old male, two 16-year-old females, and a 19-year-old man, were all cited for minors in possession of alcohol. It’s not clear who provided the alcohol, but one of the children’s mothers, a 51-year-old female, was also cited for possession of a controlled substance. One of the cited individuals told officers that there were other juveniles in a nearby residence who were doing drugs. After knocking on the door and being told by the owner that they were not permitted to enter, officers filed for a search warrant. While awaiting approval on the warrant, two 13-year-old females exited the home. Once they had the warrant, officers entered the home where they found a small amount of marijuana and the owner was cited for possession of a controlled substance (which might be the aforementioned mother). It’s not clear if the two teenage girls were stopped or cited.
- A 49-year-old man snuck into a house on the 2300 block of Mahogany Circle Wednesday. When the property manager found him, he was trespassed from the property.
- Someone with a severe case of the munchies attempted to break into the concession stand at the City Pool on Tuesday evening. Notable damage to the door is estimated at just under $500, but no candy or grilled cheese sandwiches were reported missing.
- In a case of yard rage, a woman reported watching a politically correct man walk into her yard Tuesday afternoon at her home in the 3300 block of Kinner Drive to steal her wooden pallet displaying a Confederate flag. The pallet is valued at $50.
- A 26-year-old Gillette male reported he had accepted a Facebook friend request from someone claiming to have known him in high school, and definitely turned out not to be a friend. Instead, the person sent him an altered video of himself with a request for the man to pay $500 to have the video not released. The guy did not pay the scammer and instead reported the incident to Facebook and GPD.
- When bartenders asked an inebriated 49-year-old man to leave the Sundance Lounge Wednesday evening, he instead took a nap on a bench inside the bar. EMS transported the man to Campbell County Memorial Hospital for care due to his high level of intoxication at which point it was discovered he was on unsupervised probation and the incident was reported to his probation officer.
- A guy checked into the Ramada Inn Wednesday night where he found 8 grams of cocaine in the nightstand. He reported it to the police, who then contacted the previous tenant, a 31-year-old Oregon woman, who guess what? Denied it was hers. Also, at the Ramada Inn early Thursday morning, officers responded to a noise complaint at one of the rooms. Outside they could smell the odor of marijuana and knocked on the door. When no one answered, they were granted a search warrant to enter, where they found a 27-year-old woman sleeping. The woman was in possession of a joint and was cited for possession of a controlled substance.
- In a crime involving far too many numbers, a 17-year-old female reported that an 18-year-old male and a 16-year-old female instigated a fight with the 17-year-old over a debt of $40 in the 4200 block of Dakota Court. The 18-year-old male then punched the 17-year-old female in the face, then fled with the 16-year-old female in tow. Officers are currently looking for the 18-year-old male and 16-year-old female involved.