Man steals two cars, handgun: On the record for Sept. 7, 8

Staff Report

Craig Police Department

Thursday, Sept. 7

2:14 a.m. On the 500 block of McCoy Avenue, a caller reported a tall male party wearing all black was in her yard and took off over the hill. She couldn’t tell what he was doing but found nothing missing. Officers were unable to locate him.

2:21 a.m. At Columbine Apartments on Wickes Avenue, officers responded to a report of a suspicious “weird guy roaming the halls.” At one point, the caller saw him lying down in the hallway and asked him if he was okay. He said he was fine but continued lying in the hallway. He was described as a black male in his mid-30s to 40s wearing black pants and a black bandana on his head. Officers contacted him between Columbine and Ridgeview Elementary and discovered he was homeless and passing through town looking for a place to stay. They got him a hotel room for the night.

5:32 a.m. On the 400 block of East 10th Street, officers took a report of multiple stolen vehicles. A woman said a male relative had taken her ‘83 Jeep earlier that morning, but she didn’t want to press charges. The man then dumped that vehicle at one location and took a nearby ‘85 Toyota pickup. Somewhere along the way, he broke into another vehicle and stole a handgun. Officers quickly tracked down the 40-year-old man at his residence, which was near where he had left the second stolen vehicle. The handgun and other stolen items were recovered, and the man was arrested for possession of a schedule II drug — believed to be methamphetamines — two counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and first- and second-degree criminal trespass.

8:53 a.m. On the 1100 block of West Sixth Street, a caller reported a suspicious person who appeared to have been sleeping in a vehicle for a couple of nights. Officers contacted the vehicle’s owner, who said the party had permission to sleep in the vehicle.

11:27 a.m. On the 2200 block of Crockett Drive, officers responded to a report of a vehicle that was broken into. It was related to the incident earlier that morning.

12:03 p.m. On the 800 block of Ranney Street, officers issued a citation for dogs at large.

5:06 p.m. At Village Inn, officers issued a trespass notice to a female party whose ex-boyfriend worked there and had a restraining order against her.

5:27 p.m. On West Sixth Street and Barclay Street, officers responded to a report of a car versus deer accident. The car left, and the fawn that was hit got back up and ran off with his mother. The fawn appeared to be okay.

7:14 p.m. Officers responded to a suicide threat or incident.

7:40 p.m. On the 1000 block of Colorado Street, officers responded to a disturbance due to a family dispute between siblings and their mom. Officers mediated the conflict.

8:33 p.m. On the 500 block of First Avenue West, officers responded to a report of a verbal domestic disturbance. The parties agreed to separate for the night.

10:15 p.m. At West Sixth Street and Ranney Street, a caller reported a verbal disturbance. Officers could not find anything.

Friday, Sept. 8

12:58 a.m. On the 500 block of Yampa Avenue, officers responded to a report of a disturbance. The caller could hear female voices arguing and heard one female state, “I’m helping you,” and the other female state she was disabled. She then heard one female ask “Why are you threatening me?” and the other female answer, “I’m not.” The first female said “Get out of my face.” Officers arrived and attempted to mediate the conflict, but the parties said they’d call back if needed.

9:50 a.m. At the east Kum & Go, officers responded to a report of a red sedan with Texas plates that was swerving and almost hit another vehicle. A 37-year-old female was arrested for careless driving, driving under restraint and driving under the influence after failing a roadside sobriety test.

10:48 a.m. Officers issued a trespass notice in response to a report of fraud.

1:20 p.m. On the 400 block of Breeze Street, officers responded to a report of a hit-and-run crash. Someone backed into the caller’s Jeep, perhaps while backing out of a business.

1:25 p.m. At the Centennial Mall, a man reported he was still being threatened via phone calls and texts by his landlord, against whom he issued a trespass notice the day before after the landlord made death threats to him. Officers spoke with the man and explained his options.

1:50 p.m. Officers responded to a report of possible child abuse.

2:04 p.m. At Craig Middle School, officers responded to a report of harassment.

2:15 p.m. On the 800 block of Russell Street, a woman reported a surveillance camera had been stolen from the property about 15 minutes prior. She had a picture of the suspect, who drove a red Dodge Strata, taken by the camera. Officers were unable to locate the suspect.

4:17 p.m. On the 3600 block of West Ridge Court, officers responded to a report of a scam. The caller said someone from the U.S. government “grant department” told her she would receive a $9,000 grant. The caller said she’d been applying for grants for college and wanted to know if it was legitimate. She was advised it was a scam. No personal information was released.

4:54 p.m. On the 2000 block of Baker Drive, officers responded to a report of a disturbance. A caller reported someone was in her driveway threatening her and breaking windows on the porch. Officers responded and found no broken windows. The woman had just punched the screen. She agreed to leave.

6:27 p.m. On the 300 block of Lincoln Street, a woman reported she heard multiple shots fired, possibly from a trailer across from hers. Officers arrived and saw two males walking. No crime was found.

6:33 p.m. At Woodbury Park, officers responded to a report of a tree on fire. For a full report of what happened, see the Craig Press’ Monday story.

9:22 p.m. On the 900 block of Alta Vista Drive, officers responded to a report of a disturbance. A female party called in the disturbance, but when officers arrived, she was arrested for harassment and obstruction of telephone services. Her boyfriend was also at the residence.

11:16 p.m. On the 300 block of Washington Street, someone reported a trailer had been broken into through the front door.

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