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C17 Crime Clips for Thursday, Jan. 6

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).

Agency assist, Jan. 5, Blake Rd, CCSO

Deputies responded to a residence on Blake Road yesterday morning at 7:44 a.m. to assist the Department of Family Services with a home visit after the agency reportedly received a complaint that living conditions in the home were not appropriate for a 3-month-old that lived there, Sheriff Scott Matheny said. The home smelled strongly of animal feces and deputies noted the presence of garbage, clothes, and other items cluttered around the home. The home was deemed unsuitable for the child, who was not there at the time. The homeowners were warned that the home needed to be cleaned before the child could live there and, should it not be cleaned, the child would be taken into protective custody. No further action was taken.

Theft, Jan. 5, Hannum Rd, CCSO

An employee with Powder River Energy Corporation called the sheriff’s office yesterday at 8:49 a.m. to report that someone had broken open a power box and had run an extension cord from it on Hannum Road, Matheny said. The extension cord was plugged into a camper trailer belonging to a 33-year-old male who told deputies that he had permission from the lot owner to do so because of the weather. Deputies cited the male for theft of service.

Hit and run, Jan. 5, W. 1st St, GPD

A City of Gillette employee contacted the police department at 10:58 a.m. to report that someone had reportedly crashed a vehicle into a transformer and power pole, resulting in $3,000 in damage, GPD Lt. Brent Wasson said. There are no suspects, and the investigation is ongoing.

DWUI, Jan. 5, 4-J Rd, CCSO

Deputies stopped a vehicle for driving without visible registration around 2 p.m. yesterday afternoon and contacted a 21-year-old male that reportedly showed signs of being intoxicated, Matheny said. The male allegedly identified himself as his younger brother, who was ultimately found to be at home when deputies called their parents. The 21-year-old male said he misidentified himself because he was scared and reportedly failed standardized field sobriety tests. He was charged with interference, DWUI, no insurance, and driving without a valid license.

Theft, Jan. 5, Fern St, GPD

Staff at Bloedorn Lumber called the police yesterday at 4:24 p.m. to report discovering a cordless Milwaukee grinder missing from their inventory, Wasson said. The grinder was valued at $150, and it is unknown when it was taken. The investigation is ongoing, and there are no suspects.

Drugs, Jan. 5, Wagonhammer Ln, CCSO

Deputies responded to the area of Wagonhammer Lane and Boxelder Road at 8 p.m. yesterday after a 29-year-old male called to report his 13-year-old son was attempting to buy drugs from a person in his driveway, Matheny said. The suspect vehicle was gone by the time deputies arrived, but they were able to identify it with a security camera photograph and stopped it approximately 30 minutes later. They contacted a 16-year-old male driver and an 18-year-old male passenger. A K9 reportedly gave a positive indication on the vehicle and deputies conducted a search in which 5.7 grams of suspected marijuana, a vaping device, and a small amount of THC wax. The 16-year-old was cited and released for possession of a controlled substance and tobacco. The 18-year-old male was arrested for possession of marijuana.


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.