Summit County Police Blotter: Ditch foils car theft
Ryan Summerlin August 19, 2012
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.
A man was allegedly nabbed trying to steal a car when he drove the vehicle into a ditch.
The suspect was busted by a neighbor of the vehicle’s owner, who was outside her home when she watched the car start up, drive out of the nearby driveway and take off through the front lawn before getting stuck in the ditch, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
The neighbor stopped the driver as he was getting out of the vehicle and called 911.
The owner of the vehicle told authorities he was inside when he heard a truck start up outside, according to the report.
He told deputies he’d left his keys in the ignition and the car unlocked, but didn’t know the driver, who appeared to be intoxicated, and had not given him permission to drive the vehicle.
The vehicle was valued at $5,000.
The suspect reportedly refused to take a blood-alcohol test, saying, “I refuse on the basis I wasn’t driving,” according to the report.
He was booked on charges of DUI, second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and first-degree criminal trespass.
Stolen car found in Breck
A woman whose car was stolen from her Breckenridge residence found the vehicle later the same day, Aug. 9, at a nearby water treatment plant, dirty, but apparently undamaged.
The car was reportedly taken the evening before after the owner left the keys on the center console and the doors unlocked, according to a report from Breck police.
That night she told authorities she awoke to the sound of male voices “laughing” and what she reported to be the sound of tires squealing. She stated she did not look out the window and fell back to sleep, according to the report.
The owner said she never locks the car.
She reportedly discovered the car approximately 30 minutes after filing the police report. Based on the gas gauge, it did not appear to have been driven far, according to the report.
Breck PD: Ski boots stolen from Breck storage unit
A man returned to his storage unit in Breckenridge for the first time since April to find the lock broken and a $500 pair of ski boots stolen.
The black Rossignol boots had reportedly been in a box that was left behind, according to a Breckenridge police report.
The bolt on the gate of the fence surrounding the storage unit had been pride open, allowing the gate to open easily, the report stated.
There were no suspects at the time of the report.
Breck PD: Vandalism at restaurant in Breckenridge
A glass window in an entrance door to a Breckenridge restaurant was broken by a rock that appeared to have been thrown through the window.
An employee in the building reported the damage to the police at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11.
The building was not equipped with surveillance cameras and no witnesses were found.
The cost of the damage was estimated at $500.