Police Beat for April | CraigDailyPress.com

Police Beat for April

Walt Vanatta

(Editor’s note: Below is a summary of the Police Chief’s monthly report to the Craig City Council regarding Craig Police Department activity for April.)

The Craig Police Department responded to 1,385 requests for service in April, and Community Service responded to 191 requests for service in April.

Crime of the month

(written by Sgt. John Forgay)

Trespass seemed to be the word of the month in April.

However, the Police Department often provides a remedy to businesses and residents who wish to keep others who tend to misbehave or act in a manner that is deemed inappropriate from coming onto their property.

A trespass form is signed by the complaining party and served on the subject or subjects who have worn out their welcome in some manner. Failure to obey this trespass order results in further legal action. For some reason, there was a plethora of trespass orders issued in April.

Was it a full moon? The weather, spring fever, UFO sightings or just stupid behavior? I’d vote for the latter.

Two young men elected to commit crimes in Craig and Hayden. The resulting cooperative investigation led to charges for burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Each blamed the other. “No honor among thieves” rings a bell.

Under the heading, “that’ll leave a mark,” a resident reported the theft of more than $700 in tattoo equipment.

Two males elected to leave the Correctional Alternative Placement Services facility after 11 p.m. one night. That’s a no-no. They were contacted by officers a few blocks away. Their story? They were out “job hunting” with the permission of their parole officer.


That falls in with stories that start with “once upon a time,” and drunken drivers who tell officers they “only had two beers.”

Speaking of DUIs, officers chased down a vehicle that sped away from a local establishment.

The driver was a 19-year-old female, who was drinking under age, driving under restraint and hoping she could “bluff” the officers into believing she was someone else. May have worked except for the little issue of officers making it a point to always confirm information using a variety of methods. This usually results in the truth. Final score: DUI, DUR, careless driving and criminal impersonation.

A local business found two males attempting to make off with a bicycle. The owner gave chase as one male took off on a bicycle and the other on foot. The bicyclist had an advantage, and the male on foot was fast.

How fast was he, you ask?

Well, he actually ran out of his shoes, which were recovered. Several blocks away, two males, ages 18 and 20, were located and one was shoeless. We call that a clue. Both subjects – arrested.

Community Service

As you will recall during the 2009 Budget Workshop, the council approved replacing the part-time code enforcement position with a full-time one. This position was added as a community service officer. We reorganized the Community Service Section, which now has three officers, so that they all are responsible for animal control, parking and code enforcement.

By cross training the officers in all three areas, we have greatly enhanced our enforcement efforts. You will notice the results in April’s activity. By making these functions a “unit” responsibility, we can take a more proactive position for parking enforcement, especially handicap parking and code enforcement issues.

Service Officers Connie Davis, Kathie Johnson and Josh Martinez handled the following calls in April:

• Spoke to the owners and red tagged 42 abandoned vehicles. Three vehicles were towed.

• Ten weed complaints. The owners were spoken to and will bring the property into compliance.

• Twenty-four code violations. The owners were spoken to and will bring the property into compliance.

• Seventy-two junk/trash violations. The owners were spoken to and will bring the property into compliance.

• Seven warning tickets for parking violations issued.

• Six parking tickets were issued.


School Resource Officer Storm Fallon resigned April 9. We are advertising to fill this position.

On April 11, we participated in the Celebrate Children’s Fair at Centennial Mall. Corporal Brian Gonzales handed out child identification kits.

From April 28 through 30, commanders Jerry DeLong, Bill Leonard and I attended the Law Enforcement Coordinating Council meeting in Vail.

On April 29, administrative sergeant John Forgay spoke to Aging Well participants about the latest scams and frauds to help them avoid becoming victims of these crimes.

The Citizens Police Academy began March 12. Graduation is scheduled for May 21.


From April 6 through 10, sergeant Corey Wagner attended a Working with Immigrant Victims conference in Philadelphia. The expense for this training was paid through Advocates-Crisis Support Services.

On April 8, all sworn officers attended firearms/defensive tactics training at the Moffat County Public Safety Center.

On April 15 and 16, corporal Alvin Luker, officer Tony Fandel and sergeants Wagner and Brian Soper attended leadership training in Glenwood Springs.

On April 22, Community Service Officer Davis attended the Colorado Association of Code Enforcement Officers safety training in Boulder.

Upcoming events

The annual Craig Clean-up will take place May 16 and 17 in City Park.

Department personnel will assist with Grand Olde West Days.

The Cops & Kids Fishing Day is scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. June 4.

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