Breckenridge police blotter: Craigslist ad fraud ruins woman’s birthday ski trip |

Breckenridge police blotter: Craigslist ad fraud ruins woman’s birthday ski trip

Summit Daily staff report
A Greely couple fell victim to fraud on Craigslist when the husband tried to rent out a Breckenridge condo for his wife's birthday.
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The blotter is compiled using police reports.

In January, a Greeley man decided to buy his wife a Breckenridge ski trip for her upcoming birthday. He went on to Craigslist and found a great deal on a condo rental for $1,045 for the Feb. 12-15 weekend.

After wiring the money to a Wells Fargo account and completing a contract, the man told his wife on Jan. 11 to expect the charge in their joint account. However, when the husband showed his wife the Craigslist post and told her that it was $100 cheaper than similar listings, she grew suspicious that the condo might be too good to be true.

That same day, the contact on the Craigslist ad reached out to the husband to tell him that there was a problem with the Wells Fargo account, and that he would need to wire the money to a Bank of America account instead. The wife told her husband not to send more money. They then contacted Wells Fargo and found out the account the husband used had been closed. They asked if they could get their money back, but the bank told them their money was gone. They tried to contact the man listed in the Craigslist ad, but he did not respond. On Jan. 26, the couple contacted Breckenridge police about the fraud. The detectives sent a letter to the owner of the condo to tell them the unit was being posted for rent.

Ski pass fraudster gets grilled at the gate

On Jan. 28, a scanner at Breckenridge Ski Resort suspected that a woman in front of him was not the holder of the ski pass.

The woman was then quizzed on her address, date or birth and zip code. She didn’t pass the test and admitted that she was using a friend’s pass. Breckenridge police were called to the scene. The officer asked the woman whose pass she was using. The woman changed her story and said she had found the pass outside of the resort.

The officer told her that she was in violation of the town code concerning the unlawful use of skiing facilities and that she would be issued a citation.

The officer then contacted the pass holder and told her what had happened. The officer asked the woman to remember the last time she used the pass. Vail, she said. The officer asked her if she knew the woman using her pass. No, she said. Did she want to press charges? Yes, she said. A charge of theft was added to the pass fraudster’s case.

Last call leads to a standoff at Breck bar

At around 11:15 p.m. on Jan. 23, Breckenridge police responded to a trespass call at Ollie’s Bar on Main Street. The bar manager and the doorman told police that a white woman wearing a black hat with a Breckenridge logo on it and man sporting a yellow shirt and a gold chain refused to leave the bar after closing time. The bar employees said the couple became aggressive with the staff when they were asked to leave. The couple ran north down Main Street when bar employees told them they had called the police.

The bar manager said the woman in the black hat kept saying her father was the owner of the bar and that she would sue. Police were unable to locate the couple.

Night of heavy drinking leads to ‘stupid’ fight

At about 1:30 a.m. on Jan. 24 Breckenridge police responded to a fight at a residential unit at Streamside Circle. A woman told police that her husband was “fighting everyone” and “bleeding from the face,” according to the police report.

When the officer arrived on the scene, he noticed multiple people walking in and out of the unit. One man had brownish, red stains on his shirt and was bleeding from his lip. Another man was also bleeding from his lip and had several bruises on his face. The man with bruises, whose wife had called police, said he and his friend had been drinking heavily when they began arguing and fighting. He said, “I’m sorry, it was a stupid fight, and I just don’t want anything to happen to [my friend]. I don’t want to press charges.”

The wife said that her husband had started the fight after waking up from his sleep. She and her husband were in the process of getting a divorce, but were currently on good terms. Neither of the men in the fight wanted to press charges. Police issued summons for both men on disorderly conduct charges.

Don’t fence me in, F-Lot

At 11:25 a.m. on Jan. 27, a Breckenridge man reported a damaged fence in the F-Lot on Park Avenue. When police arrived, the man pointed out the fence separating the F-Lot and the Tiger Dredge Lot. The fence is constructed of 6X6-inch wooden posts buried in the ground with crisscrossing steel cables running through the posts. The middle post had been sheared off the ground and the cables stretched due to an impact from a vehicle. There was a Ford headlight assembly on the ground near the post. It is unknown if this was from the impact vehicle of just debris in the vicinity. Police have no leads on the vehicle involved in the crash at this time.

Another Craigslist cautionary tale

In January, a Texas man attempted to find a rental in Breckenridge off of Craigslist. He found a unit for rent on Sawmill Road. The contact on the ad claimed to operate out of a Frisco real estate office. When the Texas man contacted the office, he was told that the person listed on the Craigslist ad did not work there. The Texas man cut off communications with the scammer and contacted Breckenridge police.

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