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C17 Crime Clips for Thursday, Feb. 1

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette yesterday, Jan. 31, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.  

Theft, Jan. 31, Commerce Drive, GPD

A 35-year-old man called the police department around 10:14 a.m. to report his tan and brown 1976 Ford had been stolen from Commerce Drive, Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said. The pickup had an engine and a boat motor in its bed, with a total total value of over $3,000. The pickup is believed to have been stolen between Dec. 19 and Dec. 28, and the investigation is ongoing.

Crash, Jan. 31, Wright Boulevard, CCSO

A 22-year-old man caused approximately $500 in damage to a fire hydrant on Wright Boulevard after failing to negotiate a turn due to power steering complications around 6:09 p.m., Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. The man was in a 2002 Ford and said he attempted to turn into a church parking lot but couldn’t because his power steering was going out and he struck the hydrant. No citations were issued and no injuries were reported.

Breach of peace, Jan. 31. El Camino Court, GPD

Officers responded to El Camino Court at 6:31 p.m. after a 10-year-old girl and two teenage girls reported that a 14-year-old boy exposed himself to them, Wasson said. The investigation revealed the alleged incident occurred approximately one month prior, though the girls couldn’t give a specific date and time. Their parents were contacted and a report was filed for documentation.

Interference, Jan. 31, 1st Street, CCSO

Deputies arrested a 33-year-old man with an active warrant for failing to register as a sex offender after he allegedly took off on foot from a traffic stop at Emerson Avenue and 1st Street around 10:55 p.m., Reynolds said. The man was lying in the backseat while wrapped in a blanket when deputies pulled over a 48-year-old woman in a 2008 Dodge for a headlight violation. When asked to step out of the vehicle, the man climbed into the driver’s seat and fled. He was detained after a short struggle and was evaluated by Emergency Medical Services. He was also charged with interference.

DWUI, Feb. 1, South Highway 59, CCSO

A 30-year-old man was arrested for DWUI after he was stopped for failing to maintain a single lane of travel at mile marker 68 on South Highway 59 around 2:28 a.m., Reynolds said. The man was operating a 2002 Pontiac and refused field sobriety tests. During the stop, a 25-year-old man reportedly exited the vehicle and began screaming while aggressively approaching deputies. He was ultimately tased and taken into custody, allegedly stating he should have stayed in the vehicle and only got out to try to help the 30-year-old man.

Crash, Feb. 1, 9th Street, GPD

Officers responded to the area of Gurley Avenue and 9th Street after a witness reported a purple Hyundai had crashed and a man was sitting in the driver seat around 3:10 a.m., Wasson said. When officers arrived, the vehicle was unoccupied and appeared to have been disabled after striking a curb. The vehicle was registered to a woman on Woodland Avenue, where officers went to further the investigation. An intoxicated 32-year-old man answered the door. He was identified as the driver and was taken into custody for DWUI, driving under suspension and leaving the scene of a crash.

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 victims’ identities and to avoid compromising ongoing criminal investigations.