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).
Auto theft, Jan. 20, Coyote Ct, CCSO
A 37-year-old female called the sheriff’s office yesterday morning at 6:40 a.m. to report her 14-year-old son had taken her car without permission in Wright and drove himself to Thunder Basin High School in Gillette to attend class, Campbell County Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. The vehicle, a 2009 Chevrolet Impala, was found in the TBHS parking lot by deputies, who met with the male inside. The male allegedly admitted to taking the car and did not possess a valid license. He was cited for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and driving without a license.
Drugs, Jan. 20, Boxelder Rd, GPD
Officers were dispatched to an apartment complex on Boxelder Road after a resident reported a marijuana odor around 12:04 p.m., according to GPD Detective Sgt. Dean Welch. They contacted a 22-year-old male outside with a duffel bag who gave officers consent to search it, where they allegedly located clothing that smelled of marijuana. The male then gave his consent for them to search his apartment and, inside, officers seized less than a gram of suspected marijuana. The male was issued a citation for possession and was released.
Theft, Jan. 20, Westhills Loop, GPD
A 30-year-old female called the police yesterday around 2:25 p.m. to report that her landlord, a 56-year-old female, had changed out the locks on a residence that she and her family were in the process of moving out of, Welch said. She reported that her landlord threw away several tents, a trampoline, an elk mount, and other hunting equipment reportedly valued at over $1,000. The 56-year-old female told officers that she was under the impression that her prior tenants had finished moving out and that she was disposing of what she believed to be unwanted belongings. Officers are waiting for a more exact list of the items that were thrown away to determine a total value, and the investigation is ongoing.
Agency assist, Jan. 20, James Ct, GPD
Officers were dispatched to James Court yesterday at 4:34 p.m. to assist the Department of Family Services after a 55-year-old male called the police to report that a 14-year-old male had been threatened with a firearm by his 35-year-old father, Welch said. The 14-year-old male allegedly told a friend that his father had threatened to kill him with a firearm and then shot a round through a wall in their home, but police detectives ultimately determined that the claim was unfounded and found no evidence that a firearm had been discharged at the residence, Welch said. The department of family services is continuing to work with the 14-year-old male and his family, and law enforcement took no further action.
Drugs, Jan. 20, Hwy 14-16, GPD
Staff at the Arrowhead Motel called the police yesterday at 10:37 p.m. after they found what they believed to be drugs while cleaning out a room that had been rented out to a 49-year-old male and a 45-year-old female, Welch said. The pills were ultimately found to be calcium pills, but officers did find suspected marijuana in plain view and contacted the 49-year-old male. He told officers that it was Delta 8 and, though it did test presumptive positive for THC, will be sent to the state crime lab for further analysis before any charges are filed against the 49-year-old, Welch said.
DWUI, Jan. 20, 7th St, GPD
Officers stopped a 47-year-old female at the intersection of 7th Street and Brooks Avenue for speeding 47 mph in a 30-mph zone northbound on Highway 59 in a 2004 Chevrolet Trailblazer around 10:50 p.m., Welch said. The female showed signs of intoxication, he continued, adding that she performed standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs) unsatisfactorily and was arrested for DWUI. At the Campbell County Detention Center (CCDC), she allegedly took a breath test that showed her BAC to be around .256 percent, per Welch.
DWUI, Jan. 20, 4-J Rd, GPD
Officers responded to the intersection of West 4-J and 4-J roads after residents reported a red 2012 Dodge Ram pickup was stopped on the wrong side of the road around 11:34 p.m., Welch said. The driver, a 29-year-old male, was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated after failing SFSTs.
DWUI, Jan. 21, Skyline Dr, GPD
A 24-year-old female was arrested for driving while intoxicated after she was found in a 2017 Jeep Cherokee that was stopped in the intersection of Skyline Drive and 2nd Street, Welch said.
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.