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C17 Crime Clips for Tuesday, May 28

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

Fraud, May 24, Southerland Cove, GPD

Officers were contacted by a 63-year-old woman who reported receiving a fraudulent check in the mail as payment for $7,000 in tools around 11:09 a.m., Gillette Deputy Police Chief Brent Wasson said. The items were listed for sale by the woman’s husband, a 59-year-old man. The woman took the check to her bank, where she learned it was fake. The items weren’t sent, and the investigation is ongoing.

Dangerous missiles, May 24, Fitzpatrick Court, GPD

A 45-year-old woman called the police at 7:01 p.m. after she was reportedly shot in the face by a pellet gun on Fitzpatrick Court, Wasson said. The woman said she was sitting in her backyard at the time of the incident and reported an ongoing dispute with her neighbor, a 76-year-old man. The man, however, denied owning a pellet gun. The woman sustained a welt on her face, and the investigation is ongoing.

Eluding, May 25, 2nd Street, GPD

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested after reportedly fleeing from an attempted traffic stop on 2nd Street shortly after midnight, Reynolds said. The vehicle, a white Kia Optima, fled at 90 mph along 2nd Street past 4-J Road, and the deputy terminated the pursuit due to public safety concerns. The Kia was later identified as the suspect vehicle in a hit-and-run at the intersection of Garner Lake Road and Highway 51, where it crashed into a third 17-year-old boy in a 1997 Ford pickup. The pickup driver was not injured, and the other two boys hid in the Collins Heights Subdivision. The two boys refused to comply and made movements around their waistbands — as if they had firearms — and challenged law enforcement to shoot them. A taser was deployed and the boys were taken into custody without further incident. One boy was charged with eluding, interference, speeding, possession of tobacco, a stoplight violation, hit-and-run and MIC. The other boy was charged with interference.

Theft, May 25, Harder Drive, GPD

A 20-year-old woman called the police at 11:38 a.m. to report her backpack was stolen out of a city-owned vehicle while she was mowing grass near Harder Drive and Boxelder Road, Wasson said. The bag was valued at $89 and was filled with $50 in drinks and other items. The investigation is ongoing.

Breaking and entering, May 25, OR Road, CCSO

Deputies responded to a residence on OR Road in the afternoon for a report of someone breaking in and stealing items, Undersheriff Quentin Reynolds said. A 44-year-old man reported someone entered an unsecured residence, making off with $400 in property. The investigation is ongoing.

Drugs, May 26, Gurley Avenue, CCSO

A 36-year-old man was arrested for his third or subsequent drug possession charge after he was stopped for improper registration near Gurley Avenue and 4th Street on May 26, Reynolds said. During the stop, a drug dog indicated on the man’s vehicle, and a subsequent search yielded a usable amount of methamphetamine. He was taken into custody and charged with a felony for the meth, which weighed less than a tenth of a gram.

Fraud, May 26, Liberty Lane, GPD

A 69-year-old woman called the police at 2:25 p.m. from Liberty Lane to report getting a phone call from an individual posing as a Sheridan police officer informing her she had a warrant for her arrest. The supposed warrant was for failing to appear for jury duty, but the woman recognized the scam and contacted the police. The phone number the caller used was the official number for the Sheridan Police Department dispatch, and local officers called to inform them their number had been spoofed.

Drugs, May 26, Highway 59, CCSO

Deputies arrested a 47-year-old woman for misdemeanor drug possession after she was found with marijuana and THC wax during a traffic stop on Highway 59 around 3:49 p.m., Reynolds said. The woman was stopped in a Honda Pilot for driving 90 mph in a 70 mph zone. While speaking with her, the arresting deputy could smell the odor of marijuana. While the woman denied there being any marijuana in the vehicle, stating someone recently smoked near her car, a probable cause search was carried out. During the search, deputies uncovered less than two ounces of plant-form marijuana and less than an ounce of THC wax.

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.