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C17 Crime Clips for Tuesday, Feb. 13

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette yesterday, Feb. 12, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.  

Property destruction, Feb. 12, Highway 50, CCSO

Sheriff Scott Matheny said that someone recently caused over $10,000 in damage to a pickup and a switchboard transformer at a Citation Oil and Gas location on Highway 50. The damage was discovered around 1:19 p.m. on Feb. 12, but it could have occurred sometime after Feb. 10 following recent snow. It appeared someone tried to use an on-site backhoe to steal the transformer and caused damage to the pickup in the process. The investigation is ongoing.

Shoplifting, Feb. 12, South Douglas Highway, GPD

Officers responded to Albertsons at 3:14 p.m. after staff called the police to report two teenage boys left the store without paying for donuts and drinks, Gillette Police Detective Sgt. Dean Welch said. The two left in a 2005 Chevrolet Malibu registered to an 18-year-old man, who admitted he and a 19-year-old man took the items. Both were cited for shoplifting and Albertsons will be seeking restitution for the $25 worth of items.

Fraud, Feb. 12, Boxelder Road, GPD

A 68-year-old woman, a realtor, called the police after she was contacted by a 59-year-old man trying to sell property on Bluffs Ridge Drive and she believed the man wasn’t who he said he was around 4:34 p.m., Welch said. Officers contacted the real 59-year-old man, who said he wasn’t trying to sell his property. He was advised of the attempted $100,000 fraud and received instructions to take additional steps toward protecting his identity.

Theft, Feb. 12, Mallard Road, CCSO

A 36-year-old woman on Mallard Road called the sheriff’s office at 4:56 p.m. after learning the contents of her recently shipped package were missing, Matheny said. The woman ordered a pair of Bose earbuds from Sam’s Club. When the package arrived, the exterior package had been damaged and taped shut. The interior product package was open and the earbuds were not there. The earbuds were valued at $246, and the investigation is ongoing.

Threats, Feb. 12, Hilltop Drive, CCSO

A 52-year-old man called the sheriff’s office at 6:40 p.m. to report being threatened by a woman whom he wished to end a relationship with on Hilltop Drive, Matheny said. The man said he awoke at 3 a.m. to find the woman had come into his residence and was standing in his bedroom. The woman reportedly threatened to step on him the next time and said she would burn his house down. The investigation is ongoing.

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.