Weekly Crime Report

Weekly Crime Report
Weekly Crime Report

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 released 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 our heavily editorialized and not always entirely funny, potentially offensive run-down of the recent crimes and ongoing investigations in Campbell County, courtesy of briefings with GPD and CCSO:

 

  • The car thefts continue this week. This time someone stole a wallet with multiple credit cards, an ID and about $150 in cash – along with the guy’s Glock 43 – from a locked Chevy pickup in the 3200 block of Echeta on Thursday evening. Perhaps the same thief hit a second time that night, stealing two handguns – a Taurus Judge and a semiautomatic 9mm – from a vehicle on Andover Street. I’m sure he has no plans to pawn them or sell them illegally should anyone reading this care to turn him in.

 

  • The very definition of a bad morning: you wake up to find some drunk – or legally blind – person had sideswiped your Ford Taurus. This happened to one guy on Shoshone Avenue who peered out just after 6 a.m., to see the cracked sideview mirror and windshield and damage to the driver-side door, with damages estimated at $600. Hopefully, the day got better from there for this guy on Shoshone Avenue.

 

  • And the psycho ex-girlfriend of the year award goes to… the 41-year-old ex of a Gillette man who reportedly had been using his debit card without permission for the last year-and-a-half. How much money she stole from him or how he finally noticed are questions that will no doubt continue to plague us as we contemplate the financial status of our own relationships this weekend. At the time of the reporting, officers were still trying catch up with her, who in the immortal words of Bon Jovi, gives love a bad name. But “Deuces,” baby, he’s “Riding Solo” now.

 

  • In a case that might stump even Sherlock Holmes, a spattering of paint chips found underneath the Foothills Water Tower last Friday morning ‘were determined to be consistent to a hit from a projectile.’ To translate: “those damn teenagers” and their BB guns!

 

  • Every neighborhood has one. You know, that guy. The angry dude who is always simmering about something. A dog pooping on his lawn? An errant sprinkler gone rogue? Maybe someone weed-whacking (which is just fun to say!) too close to his rose bush? In this particular incident, a 30-year-old guy on Glock Avenue was cited for breach of peace after going to his door, threatening, then shoving, his 41-year-old neighbor. No information was given about the nature of the dispute. (see choices above or insert your own.)

 

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  • The only thing worse than someone losing your credit card is having it found by a no-good thief who instead of turning it in, goes on a shopping spree. This happened to 53-year-old Gillette man who’d lost his credit card at a gas station in Moorcroft. Before he knew it, someone had spent $648 at Wyoming Work Warehouse in Gillette. There are no suspects at this time, but hopefully karma is swift to follow.

 

  • Yet another counterfeit $100 bill turned up at Wyoming Downs in Westover on Friday. The bill was forwarded to the Secret Service, who are now looking for a counterfeiter with a gambling problem.

 

  • Note to self: when drinking excessively, stay home. Or at least do not dart in and out of traffic on foot on HWY 59 on a Saturday night. As if almost getting hit by a speeding vehicle was not enough, this 22-year-old dude took it one step further by terrorizing people at the Common Cents Store, before collapsing in the parking lot as a group of concerned bystanders worriedly hovered above. The man was arrested for breach of peace and causing a disturbance.

 

  • In a clear case of failure to launch, a 28-year-old guy came home drunk to his mother’s house Friday evening and trashed her fence gates and screen door, costing $500 in damages. When she called the police, her son ran but was eventually spotted cowering in a neighbor’s yard. It’s not clear if he lives in the basement or plays video games.

 

  • This one’s going to make you mad, folks! On Saturday, a 30-year-old woman and her 36-year-old male counterpart, were arrested after police received a tip that they were doing drugs while children were in the home. They were. And not for the first time. Officers found multiple syringes loaded with what they suspected to be methamphetamine and arrested the two, who also happened to be on probation for an earlier charge of endangering children.

 

  • Not mad yet? Here’s another one. On Sunday around 4 p.m., officers received yet another anonymous report of a 37-year-old female using narcotics in the presence of her 1-year-old daughter. When asked, the woman said, yeah, she was using fentanyl as officers turned up a couple loaded syringes. She was arrested for child endangerment. Not quite there yet?

 

  • Okay, here’s another. Also on Saturday, a 1-year-old boy was found by a complete stranger wandering along N. Gurley Avenue around 7:30 p.m. When police contacted the child’s mother, she explained that the toddler had been playing with his father in the front yard, but he must have left without telling her? You might think this incident taught her a lesson. But no, this is the third time police have found the child wondering the streets alone.

 

  • A 27-year-old man decided to get his money owed by another guy, so he went to his house on S. Garner Lake Road. When the other guy refused to pay, he whipped out a handgun and began “waving it around” with several bystanders present. He was arrested for reckless endangering and breach of peace.

 

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  • There are crimes, and then there are you-are-a-really-rotten-human crimes! Such is the case with the person who swindled a 68-year-old Gillette woman out of $500 after she attempted to purchase a swing set online. After sending off a $500 gift card, she called the seller when the swing never arrived only to find the number had been disconnected. No additional information was provided about the online site or other details. A grandma and a swing set? Come on, losers!

 

  • The most ineffective vandal is a drunk one as a 28-year-old man learned early Saturday evening. After kicking doors at a welding shop on Butler Spaeth, then fleeing, police eventually found him  after he dropped his bottle of vodka and surrendered at a nearby business. He was already on probation and was arrested for interfering with an officer.

 

  • Some criminals never really get the knack of it, as one 50-year-old woman learned the hard way on Sunday afternoon. After being pulled over on 2nd Street for speeding 45 in a 3o-mph zone, she handed police an expired license. She then explained her car was a ‘rental,’ though she had no documentation to verify she was an authorized driver, which made police a little suspicious. They searched her vehicle to find 10 Clonazepam pills, two marijuana pipes, a small wooden box with marijuana residue and two meth pipes with meth residue inside. She was arrested for three counts of possession of a controlled substance. And speeding. It’s not clear if she’d stolen the car, but at this point, does it really matter?

 

  • As reason number 2,908,309 for why defunding the police is a very dumb idea, a GPD officer prevented a really drunk guy at the Sinclair Gas Station on HWY 14-16 from getting back on the road Tuesday evening. They’d received a report around 7:30 p.m. of a stumbling drunk guy at the gas station who was unable to work the credit card reader at the pump due to being really all too drunk. Officers arrested the 54-year-old man for what turns out to be his fourth DWUI in 10 years (a felony). Dude, take an Uber!

 

  • When police tried to arrest a really drunk guy on Church Street around 10 p.m. on Tuesday, he responded by telling them he was going to “lay them out,” before putting a big dent in their patrol car. Along with about $1,000 in damages, he was arrested for felony destruction of property, and oh yeah, he was also on probation.

 

  • In what sounds like the WORST experience ever, a 15-year-old boy was cited Wednesday morning for smoking THC wax. Because high teenagers don’t exactly blend into their surroundings at 8:39 a.m., people noticed he was acting oddly, or in adult parlance, “showing symptoms of being under the influence.” The boy admitted to smoking THC wax before school but wouldn’t say where it came from. He was cited for use of a controlled substance and was released to his mother, for what must have been a fun car ride home.

 

  • Someone uncomfortable with customer complaint cards reportedly keyed a large “X” into the driver side rear wheel well of a woman’s parked Jeep at Campbell County Health. It’s not clear whether the attack was random or a targeted effort as the investigation remains ongoing.

 

  • A 46-year-old man was pulled over late Wednesday night for traveling 83 mph in a 45-mph zone. Worse, he was a registered sex offender driving a rental vehicle, which apparently is a violation as the vehicle was not listed on his sex offender registration paperwork (who knew? but good to know). The male was cited for speeding and sex offender violation. (Thank you, law enforcement, for stopping the creepers!)