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C17 Crime Clips for Friday, April 12

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette yesterday, April 11, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.

Juvenile Problem, April 11, CCSO

A 13-year-old juvenile was counseled at school regarding vaping, deciding to get rid of his own vape device as a result. The juvenile disposed of the device by throwing it into a field, which prompted his parents to contact the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office as they were concerned animals would find the device and be harmed by it. The matter was referred back to the parents to resolve, and no further action was taken.

Fraud, April 11, Lakeway Road, GPD

A 60-year-old man reported he had been contacted via phone call by an unknown man claiming to be from Speedy Loans in Pennsylvania. The 60-year-old believed the call was in connection to recent online loan searches he had made. He was told by the caller he could increase his credit if he received money from the loan business and sent that amount back in the form of Apple gift cards. The man did so, sending $1,995 to the unknown caller before learning the checks were fraudulent. A payment of $500 was stopped, though whether that was part of the initial sum or in addition to it is unknown. The caller became unreachable at the provided phone number, and the investigation is still ongoing.

Vehicle Crash, April 11, Highway 59 and 9th Street, GPD

Officers responded to Highway 59 and 9th Street for reports of a crash with injuries at 7:17 p.m. a 20-year-old male was driving a Kawasaki motorcycle north with a 17-year-old female passenger and driving at a high rate of speed through an intersection at a red light. As he entered the intersection the motorcycle driver collided with a 2006 Mazda driven by a 39-year-old man. Both motorcycle riders were ejected and thrown approximately 80 feet upon colliding, sustaining minor injuries. They were transported to the emergency room, though the Mazda driver, who also received minor injuries to his left side, refused medical treatment. The motorcycle driver was cited for reckless driving, no proof of insurance and driving without an endorsement. A 17-year-old male also driving a motorcycle was cited for excessive speed after having been racing through traffic with the 20-year-old prior to the crash, according to multiple eyewitnesses.

Narcotics, April 12, GPD

Gillette police officers responded at 1:48 a.m. Friday to a report by emergency room staff that narcotics had been found among a patient’s belongings. The police seized the items — including empty THC packaging, a grinder with marijuana residue and rolled aluminum foil containing burnt marijuana — as hospital staff did not want the narcotics inside the hospital. The items were logged into evidence to be destroyed.

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.

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