Animals are active in Breckenridge |

Animals are active in Breckenridge

Up Against the Wall appears biweekly. All accounts are rewritten from Summit County law enforcement agency logs. Names are withheld for privacy; individuals are assumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Fans of the Crocodile Hunter television shows could have had a taste of a more urban version of critter-chasing by riding along with Breckenridge police officers in the past two weeks. While town is mostly quiet and people are behaving, pets and wildlife are not. Officers have responded to more than a dozen animal calls, including four different bear sightings in one day, a “cat at large” report from a resident, a dog swimming in a dredge pond, a dog bite, a “vicious” animal, as well as the usual lost and found pets.

One thing after another

A sheriff’s deputy responded to a call on an accident in Dillon Valley. The deputy met with a man who explained he was backing up his work truck and hit a parked car with a metal platform attached to the back of the truck, causing serious damage to the car.

When the deputy ran the man’s name through the Big Computer, he found the man had two outstanding arrest warrants, one for failure to appear in court and the other for contempt of court on a driving while ability impaired charge.

Then the deputy noticed the smell of an alcoholic beverage. The man admitted having two beers and failed the How Drunk Are You Really? roadside tests. He went to jail for DUI, the two warrants and “unsafe backing,” according to the deputy’s report.

Burgled butts

A Keystone man called police after discovering someone had broken into his apartment. The man told a sheriff’s deputy he’d moved in two days before and found a window broken and a roommate’s room ransacked.

The only thing missing, though, the man told the deputy, were three packs of cigarettes. The FBI might want to look into this one.

Did she know it’s not gold?

The security manager of a retail store called Silverthorne police after catching an employee stealing. The manager told the officer he was watching the woman closely, as she was suspected of other thefts. The manager nabbed the woman, a night cleaner, with a $15 necklace in her pocket. The woman said she put it in her pocket intending to have her husband pay for it later. The officer issued her a summons for shoplifting.

Payment due

A man contacted the sheriff’s office hoping to press theft charges against a contractor who had not paid a friend. Translating for the friend, the woman explained he had not been paid for 233 hours of work. The deputy explained that that is a civil matter and must be pursued in small claims court.

Laws, what laws?

A sheriff’s deputy clocked a man driving 74 mph on Highway 9 north of Silverthorne in a 55 mph zone. When he asked the man for his driver’s license, the man explained he had one, but it was expired. Then the deputy asked for registration and proof of insurance. The man said the car was not registered or insured. The deputy ticketed the man and had his car towed.

Moving help

A man called police after moving into his new home and discovering someone was already helping him move out. The Keystone-area man told a sheriff’s deputy he and his wife had unloaded the first of many loads into their new garage and gone to bed. The next day, he discovered his bed frame was missing. Thinking it was still at the old house, he checked; it wasn’t there. Looking around some more, the man discovered a computer, shelving and a shower curtain were also taken.

Without a lead, the case was closed.

DUI of the week

And she did it all without a drop of alcohol in her system.

Drivers on Highway 9 south of Breck called in a suspected drunken driver after watching a car driving from a ditch to the other side of the road. A sheriff’s deputy caught up with the suspected drunken driver near Blue River and followed the car to Breckenridge, where a town officer joined in. They pulled the car over in the parking lot of the Food Kingdom store on Ridge Street.

The sheriff’s deputy, directly behind the car, got out to approach the driver. As he did, the driver backed up into his car. The woman had to be told to stop. The woman seemed slow and confused, but the officers didn’t smell alcohol. The woman explained she’d taken anax and Paxil.

In the How Drunk Are You Really? tests, the woman had trouble standing, confused five minutes with 30 seconds, and had trouble counting out nine steps, although she did remember her alphabet.

After deciding to arrest her and searching the car, officers found a glass pipe and a Green Leafy substance. She went to jail.

Summit County Crime Stoppers Tip:

Summit County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 to callers who help solve a crime in Summit County. All callers remain anonymous.

– Don’t wait to report crimes. Call your local police department or 911 immediately.

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or

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