Police Blotter: Terrain park thief
April 14, 2013
Editor’s note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
Breckenridge Ski Resort lost 12 signs, 25 poles and a roll of blue fencing to an ambitious terrain park thief March 28, according to a Breckenridge police report.
Resort employees told authorities the items were last seen around the time the resort closed on March 27 and were gone at opening the following morning, according to the report.
The signs were valued between $800 and $1,000, the report stated. The blue poles cost $475 and the fencing was valued at $50.
Four additional signs were also reported missing from Peak 9, the report stated. Authorities had no leads at the time of the report.
A woman seen loading a backpack with food and personal items at a local grocery store was ticketed for shoplifting March 29, according to a report from the Breckenridge Police Department.
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Store employees told authorities they had noticed the woman in the store before acting suspiciously but had never caught her stealing anything.
On the afternoon of March 29, an employee said he saw her load up a basket and take it with her into the bathroom in the store, the report stated. He asked a store manager to go into the bathroom as well to see what she was doing. The manager reported seeing the woman moving the items from the basket into the backpack on the floor of one of the stalls.
When the woman came out of the stall, the manager told authorities she asked her what she was doing and the woman reportedly started crying and admitted she intended to steal the items, according to the report.
The woman allegedly told authorities money was tight because it was the end of the season and that she was trying to get food for her father, according to details included in the report.
The items included a hair color kit, cat food, lotion and several food products, totally roughly $75, according to the report.
The woman was trespassed from the store for 60 days and ticketed for shoplifting.
A store in Breckenridge appeared to have been broken into March 31, though nothing appeared to have been stolen, according to a report from the Breckenridge Police Department.
Police responded after an intrusion alarm sounded in the Main Street shop and found footsteps leading up to a back doors, which left cracked open. The window of the door was broken as well, according to the report.
Authorities didn’t find anyone inside the building, but the shop was left in disarray, with racks of close knocked on the floor. The cash register drawer was open with no money in it, the report stated.
The owner said nothing appeared to be missing and the empty cash drawer was normally left open at the end of the night, according to the report.
A man with cuts on his hands and forearms who appeared heavily intoxicated was found nearby lying in a snowbank. He told authorities he had been wandering around the streets looking for a place to stay and was very cold, but didn’t have any memory of having entered the shop, according to the report.
He was transported to the hospital, where authorities reportedly contacted him the following morning.
He said he had been out drinking and his friends had left him when he began behaving badly. He didn’t remember anything about the night before except being in the snowbank and then being placed in the back of an ambulance.
He did not remember entering any buildings to warm up and did not know how he’d gotten the cuts and scrapes on his hands. He was not charged.