C17 Crime Clips for Friday, Sept. 9

GILLETTE, Wyo.- 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, Sept. 8, E. Laramie Street, GPD

Staff at the Big D on E. Laramie Street called the police around 6:40 a.m. after a frequent customer reportedly attempted to use a stolen debit card to purchase a burrito and a can of chewing tobacco, GPD Detective Sgt. Dean Welch said. The card reportedly had a fraud notice come up when the man attempted to use it. He left with the items and the card while the cashier turned away to serve another customer, resulting in a total loss of $9.74, Welch said, adding that the man left in a silver Jeep. The investigation is ongoing.

MIC, Sept. 8, W. Lakeway Road, GPD

Officers cited a 12-year-old girl for consuming and possessing alcohol while underage after she allegedly brought a mixed alcoholic drink with her on the bus around 7:36 a.m., Welch said. The drink, later found to be Pendleton whiskey and Coca-Cola, was confiscated by the bus driver, who reported the incident to the school administration.

Shoplifting, Sept. 8, S. Douglas Highway, GPD

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Loss prevention staff at Walmart requested a 41-year-old man be given a trespass notice from the store after they allegedly found he took $88.52 in merchandise without paying over three separate instances between Aug. 2 and Aug. 14, Welch said. The man will also be cited for shoplifting.

Unattended death, Sept. 8, Rose Creek Drive, GPD

Officers found a 66-year-old man deceased in his home on Rose Creek Drive at 10:49 a.m. yesterday after a family member called the police to report not hearing from him since July, Welch said. At the time of press, there was no foul play suspected.

Drugs, Sept. 8, Constitution Drive, GPD

A 16-year-old girl was cited for using a controlled substance after she reportedly took a urinalysis for Juvenile Diversion that tested positive for cocaine and methamphetamine, Welch said. The incident was reported to the police at 1:16 p.m. on Sept. 8, but the test had been taken in early August. The girl reportedly admitted to snorting a combination of meth and cocaine with others while she was staying at the YES House, but she wouldn’t give officers any names.

Theft, Sept. 8, Dry Fork Drive, GPD

Officers responded to Dry Fork Drive at 1:48 p.m. after a 75-year-old woman reported a bucket with $300 in change and bills had been taken from her residence, Welch said. The woman believed the money was taken between Aug. 23 and Aug. 24 while there were several people helping her clean her house. The investigation is ongoing.

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Property destruction, Sept. 8, Church Avenue, GPD

A 21-year-old man called the police around 3:23 p.m. yesterday to report multiple tires had been slashed and an amplifier had been stolen from his vehicle, Welch said. A tire on his vehicle and another on a vehicle belonging to a 25-year-old woman had been damaged. The damage and amplifier were valued at $800, and there are no suspects.

REDDI, Sept. 9, S. Highway 59, CCSO

Deputies cited a 39-year-old man for throwing a lit cigarette out of a 2009 Peterbilt while they were observing the vehicle after receiving a report that the driver was possibly inebriated around 12:08 a.m., according to Campbell County Sheriff Scott Matheny. The man was not intoxicated and told deputies that he was very tired and planned on going to sleep when he got to his next stop.


Through C17 Clips, County 17 strives to provide our readers with 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 and to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.