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C17 Crime Clips for Thursday, June 6

GILLETTE, Wyo. — Here is a summary of notable crimes in and around Gillette yesterday, June 5, obtained through law enforcement reports compiled by the Gillette Police Department and the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office.  

Vehicle theft, June 5, Sunset Drive, GPD

Officers responded to Sunset Drive at 7:37 a.m. after a 57-year-old man reported a 47-year-old woman stole his white Maserati and took it with her to California, according to Gillette Police Detective Sgt. Dean Welch. The woman told officers the man gave her the vehicle as a gift and had made payments on it. She was hesitant to return the vehicle, even after officers told her to return and file a civil suit to take possession of it. Officers then told the woman that if she failed to return the vehicle, criminal charges could be filed against her. The investigation is ongoing.

Vandalism, June 5, Dogwood Avenue, GPD

Paintbrush Sanitation staff called officers to Dogwood Avenue after discovering vandalism inside a portable toilet around 2:33 p.m., Welch said. Three walls were covered in random markings and the cleanup costs were estimated at $200. The investigation is ongoing.

Animal problem, June 5, Foothills Boulevard, GPD

City animal control officers responded to an apartment complex on Foothills Boulevard for a report of an abandoned cat in a vacant unit around 4:30 p.m., Welch said. The former tenant had recently been evicted from the property and had not been seen in many weeks. When the apartment staff went to change the locks, they found the cat inside the unit. The cat was taken to the City of Gillette Animal Shelter. Efforts are being made to locate its owner, and the investigation is ongoing.

Theft, June 5, Bishop Road, CCSO

A 26-year-old woman called the sheriff’s office at 6 p.m. to report her Taurus 9mm handgun was stolen from her vehicle, Lt. Paul Pownall said. The firearm is believed to have been taken from her vehicle while it was parked in the lot at Caballo Mine, and the investigation is ongoing.

Public urination, June 5, Dogwood Avenue, GPD

Officers contacted two 13-year-old boys reportedly burning pine cones in a public grill on Dogwood Avenue around 7:04 p.m., Welch said. The boys had water ready and were told not to leave the fire unattended or to build it so big it could constitute a hazard. Shortly after that, officers observed the boys urinating on the fire to put it out; both were cited for urinating in public.

Vehicle theft, June 5, Elon Avenue, GPD

A 42-year-old woman called the police at 9:39 p.m. to report her 2012 Chevrolet Malibu stolen from Elon Avenue, Welch said. The woman told officers she rarely uses the vehicle and parks it outside her residence. When she went outside, the vehicle was not in its parking spot, and it was entered into NCIC as stolen.

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.