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C17 Crime Clips for Friday, Feb. 23

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette yesterday, Feb. 22, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.  

DWUI, Feb. 22, Highway 59, GPD

Officers arrested a 31-year-old man for impaired driving after he was reported as a potential drunk driver in the area of Highway 59 and Gallery View Drive around 9:19 a.m., Gillette Police Capt. Jason Marcus said. The man was operating a blue Nissan with front-end damage and was taken into custody after performing field sobriety tests. The Wyoming Highway Patrol is currently investigating a hit-and-run report possibly involving the Nissan.

Property destruction, Feb. 22, Sinclair Street, GPD

Officers were dispatched to Gillette College around 10:58 a.m. after staff reported someone tore a fob off a dormitory wall on Feb. 18, Marcus said. An elevator door in the same hall was also damaged, and the investigation is ongoing.

Animal problem, Feb. 22, Nathan Hale Road, CCSO

A 39-year-old woman will be cited for allowing her dogs to run at large on Nathan Hale Road after a 74-year-old man called the sheriff’s office to report the animals were acting aggressively around 12:05 p.m., Sheriff’s Office Lt. Paul Pownall said. The dogs — pit bulls — were captured and impounded.

Fraud, Feb. 22, Church Avenue, GPD

A 58-year-old man called the police at 1:27 p.m. to report falling victim to a Facebook Marketplace scam, Marcus said. The man reportedly reached out to a user regarding a Ford listing and was provided a link to eBay Motors, where he was directed to provide payment in prepaid cards. The man purchased $1,400 in cards and eBay Motors requested he pay an additional $800 for shipping and insurance. The man believed the requests were suspicious and contacted the police department, but not before he lost $1,400. The investigation is ongoing.

Crash, Feb. 22, Lakeway Road, GPD

A 16-year-old girl was cited for following too closely after she reportedly rear-ended a 45-year-old woman operating a 2011 Honda around 3:39 p.m., Marcus said. The girl was operating a 2015 Kia and crashed into the Honda while it was waiting to turn into a gas station. The crash resulted in over $1,000 and the 45-year-old woman declined treatment despite complaining of neck pain.

Suspicious activity, Feb. 22, Camel Drive, GPD

Officers responded to Camel Drive at 8:14 p.m. after a 44-year-old man called to report being followed by several individuals both in Gillette and during a recent trip to Utah, Marcus said. The man said a vehicle followed him to Utah and that several individuals were following him at a grocery store on Camel Drive. Officers could find nothing to substantiate the man’s claims.

Through C17 Crime 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.