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Walt Vanatta: Police beat for October

Walt Vanatta

Below is a summary of my monthly report to the Craig City Council, regarding Police Department activity for October.

Crime of the month

Halloween ended a month of “dirty tricks” and “mistreatment.” The actual celebration of Halloween, or “All Hallows’ Day,” now also known as All Saints’ Day, had a long tradition dating back to Europe. Customs involving costumes, celebrations and even the pumpkin carving carries a tradition. Fortunately, the Craig tradition, for this year, was relatively quiet and uneventful. The 30 days preceding were not as accommodating.

The department continues to receive complaints on thefts from vehicles. Ninety-nine percent of the time, the cars/trucks have been left unlocked, often with items of value in them. We continue to remind citizens that leaving cars unlocked makes the opportunity more inviting to those criminals (yes, they are criminals) who are out to steal anything they can get their hands on.

Rodney King, who gained his 15 minutes of fame in the infamous Los Angeles riots years ago, was known for his comment, “Can’t we all just get along?” Well, apparently there are a lot of people who are unable to answer this question.

October, as in previous months, had its share of domestic violence calls, assaults, bar fights and disagreements about disagreements. There seem to be weapons of choice and weapons of opportunity used in these incidents: hands, feet, knives, firearms, telephones, pots/pans, microwave handles, bats, bottles : well, you get the picture, and it’s never pretty.

These actions end in charges for assault, domestic violence, harassment, burglary, trespassing, child abuse, even attempted murder : to repeat : “never pretty!”

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Code enforcement

Code Enforcement Officer Becky Otis and Community Service officer Connie Davis handled the following calls during the month of October:

• Spoke to the owners and red tagged 17 abandoned vehicles. Three vehicles were towed.

• Two weed complaints. The property owners were spoken to, and they brought the property into compliance.

• One code violation. The property owner was spoken to, and that person brought the property into compliance.

• One junk/trash violation. The property owner was spoken to, and that person brought the property into compliance.


Police Department personnel assisted with the Moffat County High School Homecoming Parade on Oct. 10.

The Annual Substance Abuse Prevention Program Pancake Breakfast was Nov. 1 and Nov. 8 at McDonald’s in Craig.


Investigative technician Blade Abdella attended the Colorado Association of Property and Evidence Technicians Fall Training Conference Oct. 15 through 17 in Glenwood Springs.