Nederland police investigate fraud, theft

Barbara Lawlor

The month of April was a cruel one for the Nederland Police Department, filled with revolving license plates, all kinds of fraud, violation of restraining orders and the theft of ice cream.
On March 26, a Boulder Police Department Process Server came to the Nederland Police Department looking for a woman who drove a Nissan with Kentucky plates. He said she had numerous unpaid photo radar and red light tickets. The Nederland officer recalled stopping the woman for speeding and giving her a warning. The process server asked the Nederland officer to contact him if he saw her.
On April 1, the Nederland officer went past the address for the woman and saw a white Lexus with one Kentucky plate that expired in 2011. The plate was registered to a tan colored Toyota. The next day, the officer saw the woman driving the Lexus, and the only window that was free of snow or frost was the driver’s side window and left half of the windshield — a good reason to make a stop.
The woman said she bought the car and admitted the plates did not belong to it. She was issued a summons for fictitious plates and told to call the process server.
On April 2, a man came to the Nederland Police Department to report his license plates had been stolen from his Audi which was parked on private property with a For Sale sign on it. The car owner was concerned they may be on another vehicle, racking up parking or other fines. On April 4, a Wheat Ridge Police Officer cleared a plate on a 1985 Ford Crown Victoria and it came back as a stolen plate. The plates were removed and a temporary tag was booked into evidence, and the new owners were told they needed to get new plates as soon as possible.
On April 2, Ms. D. reported that someone had stolen an old home-made trailer and a cord of wood from a storage area. She said the trailer was made from an old pickup truck bed and the license plate expired in the 1980s. Apparently someone had put the cord of wood into the trailer and pulled it away. It is possible, said the officer in the police report, that the trailer had stolen plates from a theft that occurred a few days earlier.
On April 5, a resident reported a burglary that took place while he was on vacation. He said the house was broken into. Repairs had been made to the front door. The intruder had obviously spent the night in the guest bedroom and used the shower. The intruder also removed a monogrammed towel with the letter M. Nothing else but a tub of ice cream was missing.
On April 8, Mr. W. reported that he had lost his New Jersey driver’s license and was supposed to fly out of Denver International Airport the same day. He had been told if he had a police report documenting the loss, he would be allowed to fly.
He had a birth certificate and social security number. He said he lost the license at Breckenridge while skiing. He was allowed to fly home.
On April 10, Nederland officers were asked to respond to a residence where a suspicious male was hanging out, refusing to leave. When officers arrived, the 25-year-old male appeared to be amped up and was taken into custody. The man, P.G., said he was from Georgia. He appeared confused and EMTs were called for an evaluation.
The Nederland officer found the man’s car. He was an employee of a dispensary and had not felt well earlier. Nederland Fire Protection District emergency medical technicians transported P.G., heading to the hospital. At about 12:30 a.m., Nederland officers received a call saying the patient had kicked out the window of the ambulance. The officers hit their lights and headed down the canyon, finding the ambulance stopped in the middle of the highway.
Three NFPD and two Nederland officers struggled to control P.G. It was a chaotic scene with the suspect kicking and fighting even after being handcuffed.
The man had extraordinary strength. It took six men to contain P.G. and send him down the canyon. The reporting officer noted that it was an extremely dangerous situation; any of the firemen, police or P.G. could have been thrown into traffic or the ambulance could have been hit.
On April 11, the NPD responded to a report of a deceased person, who was found by her parents in their Nederland home. When the officer arrived, he found NFPD personnel attending to the victim. The woman was found in her bed, apparently dead from natural causes.
The woman and her family had come from California to visit family in Nederland. She had gone to bed around 10:30 p.m., saying she was tired. The family went to wake her the next morning and found her deceased. The cause of death is pending the coroner’s report.
On April 11, Ms. W. contacted the NPD to say that a man violated a restraining order in contacting her by text message and telephone. The officer found the suspect at a bar. The man said he made a mistake and accidentally texted the woman, so he sent more messages to apologize. He was placed in custody and transported to Boulder County Jail on charges of violation of restraining order.
On April 12, a man called the Police Department to say he had a dispute with an employee at a local business, saying he thought the employee switched an old tire for a new tire on the man’s girlfriend’s vehicle. The man asked the police officer to accompany him to confront the employee.
The woman had left the car with a flat tire overnight and in the morning. She called to say she would bring a new tire. When they went to pick up the car, the tire on the vehicle was not the one they had purchased. They took it to Boulder and were told the tire on the car was not the one they purchased.
When they returned to the Nederland business, the employee denied switching the tire and agreed to refund the cost of mountain and balancing the tire. The customer was told he could pursue civil litigation.
On April 13, A.R. informed a NPD officer that someone had taken her Chevy Suburban from a parking lot downtown. She thought her ex-roommate MS took it. The officer contacted Gilpin County’s dispatch, but they were unable to locate the suspect or vehicle. On April 14, after a long involved report of the history of the ownership of the vehicle, it was returned to the owner without incident. NPD did not charge any of the involved persons and sent all information to the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office.
On April 16, C.V. of Nederland reported a violation of a protection order by a former neighbor. The messages hinted that some people were meeting to say the V’s are bad people. The V’s obtained a Permanent Protection Order. C.V. said that the neighbor used to shoot a gun at her house. The voice mails will be transferred to a CD and placed into evidence.
On April 20, a resident reported that someone had used his personal information to obtain credit at an Apple Computer Store in San Diego. The suspect made one purchase for $3,492.84. The man reported the fraud to his bank and the bank advised him to get a police report. The case was inactivated pending further information and suspect development or identification.
On April 20, a Nederlan officer was dispatched to a disturbance. When he arrived, H.B. explained she was being screamed at by F.C. over parking issues in front of shops. H.B. said it was an ongoing issue and F.C. said the other woman parked in front of her shop to irritate her.
The officer ascertained that no crime was committed and offered mediation. There is no assigned parking on Highway 72, and it is legal for any licensed driver to park where they wish.
On April 22, Nederland officers saw two suspicious persons carrying open containers of beer in Chipeta Park. When the officers checked one of the licenses, it was determined the suspect had an outstanding warrant out of Georgia. He was arrested and transported to the Boulder County Jail.
On April 24, a local business reported a theft in progress. When a female suspect went to check out, the manager asked the woman if she needed to pay for anything else and the woman said no. The manager confronted the woman who removed a yogurt from her coat. She then left the store.
The manager followed the suspect to her car and the woman turned over two more items and drove off. The officer knocked on the suspect’s door. A check of the license plate revealed the woman’s driver’s license was revoked for driving under the influence. The officer left a trespass warning notice not to return to the store, which did not want to press charges.
On April 24, H.B. reported that someone threw a rock at her windshield cracking it in the field of vision. The Ned officer examined the window and confirmed that an object had been thrown at the window. There are no suspects at this time.
On April 27, Nederland officers were sent to assist Boulder County Sheriff’s deputies involved in the arrest of a domestic violence suspect. The suspect had stated he was going to shoot himself with a .45-caliber weapon. By the time the Nederland police arrived, the suspect was in custody. The weapon was found in his room and placed into evidence for the safety of others.