GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department.
Officers responded to Walgreens after an unknown man called the store asking for $3,000 in gift cards, claiming it was to pay for a child’s healthcare. The caller threatened to enter the store and start shooting if the demands were not met, police said. Police tried the number, but it was disconnected.
Police determined there was no immediate danger, but the investigation is ongoing.
Three auto burglaries over the holiday weekend all had one thing in common: the garage door opener was taken. In one case, a 65-year old woman on the 500 block of Red Rider Drive reported that her 2015 Dodge Durango had been burglarized sometime between 9 a.m. Thursday and 5:30 a.m. Friday. The garage door remote had been used to access the garage, where a multi-level Craftsman tool chest and a reported $2,000 worth of tools were reportedly taken.
A 53-year-old woman on the 4500 block of Running W Drive reported her 2013 Ford truck had been entered and the garage door opener taken. The vehicle registration, insurance card, $3 in change, a handicap placard and a cellphone charger were also taken. A 59-year man nearby on Longhorn Drive also reported a burglary of his pickup sometime between Nov. 22 and Nov. 24.
These investigations are ongoing.
Crash, 9:06 a.m. Nov. 24, Boxelder and Butler Spade Road, GPD
No injuries were reported but over $1,000 of damage was done to a Chrysler when an 18-year-old man lost control on snow and ice and went down an embankment.
DUI, 2:09 p.m. Nov. 24, Interstate 90
Officers were dispatched to a westbound lane of I-90 near mile marker 127. Highway Patrol also investigated the crash, wherein a 2013 ford truck struck a guardrail. The 30-year-old driver displayed signs of intoxication and refused to take a field sobriety test, police said. He was arrested for DUI.
Citation Backlog, Walmart
Officers were investigating an unrelated traffic complaint at Walmart when they encountered a 23-year male who had been trespassed from the store. Store security said that the man had been there while trespassed on five previous occasions. Six citations were issued.
DUI, 6:18 p.m. Nov. 24, Douglas Highway and Boxelder
A man parked at a red light was rear-ended by a 72-year-old woman, resulting in damages exceeding $1,000. Officers noticed the odor of alcohol while speaking to the woman, who admitted to drinking, police said. She performed field sobriety tests, was cited for speeding under the conditions and was arrested for DUI.
No party wanted to pursue charges and bar management declined to have the parties trespassed after a “minor altercation” at the Fireside Bar, GPD said.
Vehicle Theft, 12:38 p.m. Nov. 25
A 25-year-old woman reported that a Green Dodge was stolen from the parking lot of the Fireside Bar around 10 a.m. Nov. 25. An employee told police she’d seen “a bald man in a black coat and black sweatpants” driving a white car get out and walk around the Dodge about 15 minutes before it was stolen. The investigation is ongoing.