Here is a brief summary of all things crime that happened in and around Gillette yesterday, obtained through law enforcement reports from the Gillette Police Department (GPD) and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO).
Fraud, Oct. 9, Midland Rd, CCSO
A 60-year-old male contacted law enforcement at 7:49 a.m. Saturday to report he had been scammed out of $7,000, CCSO Sgt. Gary Sams said. The male paid the money to a “woman” on a dating website who claimed she wanted to send the male $8 million in gold but needed $20,000 to free her courier from jail to get it to him. The male sent $7,000 but became suspicious and reported it as a fraud before sending any more.
Theft, Oct. 9, W. Juniper Ln, GPD
Officers arrested a 41-year-old male for violating the DUI 24-7 program at Humphrey’s Bar and Grill on W. Juniper Lane yesterday at 12:13 p.m., GPD Corporal Dan Stroup said. The male had been located and contacted after a 37-year-old female requested a welfare check because she had not heard from him for some time. A similar story was told by the male’s boyfriend. He was found eating and drinking alcohol at Humphreys, which constituted a violation of the program. He was also cited for theft after officers learned the male could not pay for his drinks and meal.
Drugs, Oct. 9, Hwy 51, CCSO
A 21-year-old male was arrested for possession of marijuana following a traffic stop on Highway 51 around 8:47 p.m., Sams said. The vehicle was stopped for failing to maintain a single lane of travel and was searched after deputies detected the odor of raw marijuana. They seized approximately 29 grams of raw marijuana and around 12.6 grams of THC edibles.
Drugs, Oct. 9, N. Gurley Ave, GPD
Charges for a 33-year-old female and a 28-year-old female could be pending after officers seized 58 grams of spice and 15 dextroamphetamine pills during a traffic stop near 9th Street and Church Avenue at 10:16 p.m., Stroup said. The vehicle, a white Ford SUV, was being operated by the 28-year-old female and was stopped for not having an operable license plate light. The 33-year-old female, whom officers were told was the owner of the drugs and vehicle, was not present. She was contacted the next day and turned over less than a gram of suspected marijuana, though officers declined to search her home because it was in COVID-19 quarantine, per Stroup.
Domestic violence, Oct. 10, E. Laramie, GPD
Officers arrested a 43-year-old female for domestic battery around 10:37 a.m. after she allegedly put her hand over her 16-year-old daughter’s mouth and punched her in the face while trying to take the teenager’s phone away on Dogwood Avenue, Stroup said. The 16-year-old captured the incident on video. She also had video of her aunt, a 34-year-old female, elbowing her in the head but the suspect refused to meet with officers and charges for that incident are pending.
Fraud, Oct. 10, Boxelder Rd, GPD
A 25-year-old female contacted law enforcement at 4:20 p.m. after she was reportedly scammed out of $556 that she paid expecting to receive a rottweiler puppy from a breeder in Colorado, Stroup said. The female became suspicious when the breeder requested more money and blocked her from contacting them when she said no. The investigation is ongoing.
Narcotics, Oct. 10, S. Burma Ave, GPD
Staff at Campbell County Memorial Hospital reportedly turned over a “Dabwoods” pouch with suspected marijuana, a hypodermic needle, and cotton balls they received from a patient around 4:55 p.m., Stroup said. They declined to identify the male, citing HIPAA concerns, and officers seized the items to be destroyed later.
The goal of C17 Crime Clips is to provide the most detailed and comprehensive list of law enforcement interactions with the citizens of Gillette and Campbell County, however, some information will be withheld to protect the identities of victims or to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.