Police Weekly Blotter

Nederland Police Reports 11/7/13nedpolice

On October 3 around 3:30 in the morning, a Nederland Police Department officer was paged by the Boulder County Sheriff’s dispatch to respond to a report of a disturbance. The officer met the person who called, who was talking to a BCSO deputy. The victim said the suspect came to his residence and confronted him about an apparent marijuana transaction. The suspect appeared to be drunk and did some “donuts” in the roadway before leaving. The sheriff’s deputies went to search for the suspect and his vehicle.
Text messages on the victim’s cell phone were: “U better find this two pounds or you’re gonna get ……up. Bad buzz comin to get u.” The victim received multiple texts including, “I’m coming over to kill you.” The suspect then drove to the victim’s residence, broke down a barrier and threatened to break down his front door. The Nederland Fire Protection District medics arrived to evaluate an injury to the victim’s hand/knuckle. He did not want to press charges and refused to prosecute.
On October 3, Ned officers were sent to a local bar on a report of a disturbance. One of the officers talked to a man who was involved in the incident. After leaving the scene, the officers learned from dispatch that there was an active felony warrant out of Florida for his arrest. The officers went back to the bar, found the man in the rear parking lot and placed him in custody.
Between September 17 and October 15, NPD officers worked on an abandoned vehicle case. On September 17, a large Itasca motorhome was parked on Jefferson Street with all of its rear tires flat and the rear window broken and the front window above the cab shattered. While the officers checked out the vehicle, a man came up to him and said he drove the vehicle from a West Magnolia camping area. He said he was buying it from his boss. The officer told him that it had to be moved by Sunday. When the vehicle was still there five days later, the officer checked on the license plate and found the motor home was registered to a Longmont man.
The Nederland officer left a message at the owner’s home. When nothing happened, the officer contacted a few tow companies and was advised it would cost $500 to haul it away. On October 7, the officer contacted the man in a campground and told him that he would get a summons for an abandoned vehicle, and he said he didn’t even want it; that it leaked. He said his boss was doing drugs in it and gave the officer his boss’s name. The officer handed him a summons.
The officer returned to the motorhome and entered it. He could not inventory the inside because of “the filth.” There was only a mountain bike and a heavy duty extension cord inside. The motorhome was impounded by Colorado Roadside Posse and taken to the Five Star RV Center in Henderson, Colorado. On October 25, a man claiming to be the owner came to the PD looking for his impounded motorhome. He said it was a Winnebago on a Dodge chassis. He said he had bought it from the Longmont man and was in the process of selling it to the first man but he could not provide proof of ownership.
When the Ned officer checked the VIN, it was still registered to the Longmont man. The man claiming to be the owner said that the suspect had paid him $800 of the total bill and was living in the motorhome at a Walmart parking lot when he was kicked out. The officer gave the man the name of the tow company. He said the motorhome engine had few miles and a good transmission.
On October 9 at noon, a man called the PD and said a 15-year-old had a strong smell of marijuana. The officer found the youth and had him remove the pot from his backpack, along with a glass pipe. He said he found both items.
He said he used marijuana on a frequent basis to escape stress from home life. The teen’s mother arrived, saw the marijuana and said, “That looks good; too bad I have to take drug tests.” She said the boy had a dysfunctional relationship with his father, and she refused to sign the summons. The teen signed the summons. The next day the mother called and said she would go to court with her son.
On October 9, an officer was told that two teens had been caught smoking marijuana. They were 16 and 15 years old. The man who saw them said they dropped a pipe that looked like a cigarette, a one hitter.
The teens had a bag which contained three bottles: one was empty, one had seeds and stems, and one had a strong odor of marijuana. One of the teens said everything in the bag was his, even though the female had been seen with the pipe.
After discussing the issue with the teens, it was clear to the officer that each of them had issues at home. The boy asked the officer to be careful with the pipe, that someone special had given it to him. Each teen received a summons and was released. The officer spoke to the parents, making sure they were aware of the summons.
On October 10, a man reported he was skateboarding when he saw a gray pit bull running loose in the area. He stopped to pet the dog, who seemed friendly, and when he began to walk away, the dog jumped up and scratched his right arm below the shoulder. The man had the wound checked just to be safe. The police were unable to locate the dog.
On October 8, a woman reported that she was walking her dog on leash when she met up with a neighbor also walking her dog on a leash. The first dog smelled food on the second dog’s owner, who gave both the dogs a treat. At this point the second dog bit the first dog on his ear and refused to let go. Both owners pulled the dogs apart, but could not separate them, even after spraying them with Halt, a dog spray. When they finally separated, the first woman took her dog to the vet, where the dog needed six stitches in the ear. When the officer went to give the second dog’s owner a summons, she was upset but said she agreed to pay the vet bill.
On October 11, a Ned police officer was told that someone had gained access to his business’s bank account and was making withdrawals and attempting to cash checks in his name. He showed the officer a $6,000 check that was made out to a credit union with the victim’s name on the back. The check had a Texas address and phone number, but the victim said he does not live in Texas.
While reviewing the transaction history of the account, the officer noticed numerous transactions with a Domino’s Pizza in Dallas. He called the store and they found the name and address of the man who had purchased the pizzas. The Ned officer contacted the Dallas Police Department.
On October 11, Boulder County Sheriff’s dispatch notified the NPD that there was a suspicious person at the teen center. He was reported to have blond hair, a black cap and a heavy jacket. The officers saw a man matching the description and the man said he was looking for someone. When his identification was checked, it came back with an active warrant out of Gilpin County. The man was placed in custody and transported to Gilpin County.
On October 20, a Ned officer responded to a report of a stolen vehicle at a local bar. The victim said that he came to town and tried to buy cigarettes at a gas station but it was closed. When he asked the bartender for cigarettes, he was told they didn’t sell them. The man had a drink and left to discover his truck was gone. He told the officer he left the keys in the vehicle because the rear passenger side door did not lock. The man said he didn’t know of anyone who would take the vehicle.
The officer contacted BCSO dispatch and requested that the vehicle be listed as stolen and a BOLO be issued for surrounding areas. The victim told the officer his fiancée might have taken it. The officer returned to the bar and talked to the bartender. On October 21, the man reported that his vehicle had been returned and thought that it was just “women being women.” The vehicle was removed from the BOLO list.
On October 17, a Ned officer stopped an older model truck that had expired license plates. The driver said she was transporting the truck to the registered owner in Estes Park as a favor. The back plate was registered to another party and to a different vehicle, but the front plate was valid. The driver said she had no idea why and didn’t understand how this happened. Greeley police reported that two years ago, the listed owner of the vehicle had totaled the car belonging to the license plate and it was towed to a Longmont salvage yard. The license plate was confiscated and destroyed.
On October 21, a man reported his bicycle had been stolen from his Big Springs home over the weekend. The bicycle is a Giant Rincon, black and white with a fanny pack pouch that hangs from the seat and yellow paint scratches on the top bar of the frame. The bike was put into the CCIC file as stolen. There are no known suspects.
On October 24, a Ned officer was contacted by a woman who said, “I think I just messed up.” She was agitated and hyper and speaking rapidly. While she talked a report came over the radio that there was an assault at a local bar/restaurant. “That’s me,” the woman told the officer. She said she had been in an altercation with another woman, that there had been negative verbal interactions with the woman for the last month. She said that when she saw the woman at the bar, she told her she looked nice.
The second woman told the first woman never to speak to her again and that everyone hated her and she should just leave. The first woman then punched the second woman on the right side of her head. The suspect said she wished she had finished her off.
When sheriff’s deputies arrived, they talked to the victim and took statements. Witnesses verified the suspect’s statement. The Ned police officers issued a summons to the suspect who made suicidal statements and then said, “I wish I had thrown her off the bloody deck.” The suspect was placed in custody on a mental health hold and transported to the Boulder Community Hospital for evaluation.
On October 25, a Nederland officer was dispatched to an altercation between two males involving a knife. When the officer arrived, a man came out of his front door, agitated and out of breath. He said a male party had been standing outside of his bathroom window, looking in as he used the toilet. When he shouted at the suspect, the man shouted back. The victim went outside to confront the suspect. As he came around the side of the house, the suspect lunged at him with a knife in his hand. The victim was able to wrestle the attacker to the ground and take the knife. He also punched the man several times. He said, “I smashed the guy’s head into the blacktop until I saw blood spurting out.”
The suspect then got free and ran towards the Fire Station. He was wearing Desert Storm camp gear. Gilpin and Boulder County deputies helped the officer search for the man but didn’t find him. Nederland Fire Protection District medics transported the victim to the hospital with a suspected broken hand. The officer went to the hospital and saw two small cuts on the right hand. The injured man said he removed a piece of a tooth from one of the cuts. He was discharged and given a courtesy ride back to Ned.
On October 26, the Ned officer began a search for the suspect and found he often camped on a property in Gilpin County. The officer contacted the Gilpin County Sheriff’s Office and a deputy responded as backup. The suspect was found and he had no visible injuries to his face. He said he had not been in Nederland the preceding night. The man was cleared through dispatch and not taken into custody. When the officer talked to the first man, he said the suspect would have had injuries to his face and head. No suspect was identified and the case remains open.
On October 26, two Ned officers were on foot patrol looking for illegal campers when they found two men who said they were camping behind a Nederland store. One of the men had a warrant out of Washington County for a Failure to Appear. When the officer asked him if he had a warrant, the man said “Probably for trespassing on a train.” The man was placed into custody and transported to the Boulder County Jail.
On October 30, the owner of a hydroponics growing store reported that about 10 CO2 cylinders were stolen from outside the building. The cylinders are valued at $110 empty and another $15 when full. The stolen tanks were full. CO2 is used as a marijuana growing aid. The owner explained that someone broke the padlock to gain access. The officer stated it was most likely that the suspect used a vehicle to load them and escaped quickly. There were no witnesses or information on the suspect.