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C17 Crime Clips for Tuesday, April 16

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes that occurred in and around Gillette yesterday, April 15, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.  

Burglary, April 15, Camel Drive, GPD

Officers responded to Camel Drive at 10:17 a.m. after a 37-year-old man called to report his apartment had been burglarized, Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said. The man said he and his girlfriend had recently returned home to find a Berretta 9mm handgun, a DeWalt socket set, a drill battery and charger, movies and a DVD player missing. The items were valued at over $1,000, and the investigation is ongoing.

Drugs, April 15, Echeta Road, GPD

A 29-year-old woman was arrested for drug possession after a drug dog indicated on her vehicle following a traffic stop near Foothills Boulevard and Echeta Road around 10:37 a.m., Wasson said. The woman was stopped for speeding 53 mph in a posted 40 mph zone. During a probable cause search, officers located 11.5 grams of psilocybin mushrooms. The woman was taken into custody and also charged with speeding.

Theft, April 15, South Douglas Highway, GPD

A 22-year-old man will be charged with theft after he allegedly purchased $213 in products from a wellness store on South Douglas Highway, used them and then disputed the charges through his financial institution, Wasson said. The incident was reported by a 41-year-old woman at 1:17 p.m., who told officers the purchases were made in February. When officers contacted him, the 22-year-old man allegedly admitted to buying and using the items without complaint.

Fraud, April 15, West Boxelder Road, CCSO

A 73-year-old man in Iowa is out $25,000 after allegedly attempting to purchase a Chevrolet Corvette listed through a fraudulent car dealership website, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. The man reportedly wired the money and believed it was a scam when the car never arrived as promised. The sheriff’s office informed the man that deputies were aware of the scam and urged him to contact his local authorities and the FBI.

Suspicious activity, April 15, Edwards Street, GPD

Officers are investigating a 17-year-old boy’s report stating an 18-year-old man flashed a handgun at him and broke his truck window at the Gillette Fishing Lake around 3:17 p.m., Wasson said. The two of them were reportedly involved in a verbal altercation during which the 18-year-old lifted his clothing to expose a black handgun in his waistband. The 18-year-old then went to the 17-year-old boy’s Dodge pickup and broke out a window. The damage was estimated at $150.

Dog bite, April 15, Circle Drive, GPD

A 32-year-old woman called the police at 9:59 p.m. to report her 1-year-old son was attacked by a dog on Circle Drive, Wasson said. The woman said she removed her son from a vehicle and set him on the ground while she retrieved a bag. While the boy was on the ground, a dog ran up and bit her son on the right side of his face, resulting in bruising to the boy’s right eye and cheek. The dog ran away when the woman intervened. She took the boy to the emergency room and couldn’t say where the animal went after it ran away. The dog’s breed was not included in the report, and the investigation is ongoing.

DWUI, April 16, Sinclair Street, GPD

Gillette College security officers called the police at 1:14 a.m. after they reportedly stopped a 2005 Ford spinning cookies in the parking lot, Wasson said. The vehicle was being operated by an intoxicated 18-year-old man, who admitted to consuming alcohol and said he wanted to spin cookies when he had finished drinking. The man performed field sobriety tests and was taken into custody for DWUI. Two other occupants, an 18-year-old man and a 17-year-old man, were both cited for consuming alcohol while under 21.

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.