Breckenridge police blotter: Social media melee spooks bar owner |

Breckenridge police blotter: Social media melee spooks bar owner

A Breckenridge bar owner went to police after getting in an online spat with a commenter about an occurance that took place earlier at the bar.
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On Jan. 25, the owner of a Breckenridge sports bar contacted Breckenridge police to report a threat against him. He said that a few days before two women had come into the bar and began causing trouble. They drank two shots, but refused to pay for them. They also became verbally abusive to the bartender and threw wadded up paper at her. The owner of the bar believed the two women to be friends of the cook. He asked the cook to get them to leave.

According to police reports, at least one of the women went on to write negative reviews on Yelp about the restaurant, as well as making critical comments on the One Man’s Junk Facebook page. The owner of the bar then entered the social media fray and began responding to the comments. He said he now regrets that he did this.

One of the commenters responded to the bar owners posts by writing “Sounds like someone needs to be wrapped in saran wrap and disposed of in a few black hefty’s.” The bar owner responded with private messages that accused the commenter of being a “summit county kid hiding behind his computer.” The commenter offered to fight him.

The bar owner thought better of the situation and disengaged from the social media fracas. He told police he did not believe the commenter would really do anything, but wanted the exchange documented-proof in case something did happen in the future. He asked the officers to talk with the commenter and ensure that the confrontation comes to an end. Police left a voicemail for the Facebook commenter.

Do German shepherds know how to read business signs?

At 10 a.m. on Jan. 26, a white female German Shepherd walked into the entrance of the Breckenridge Animal Clinic. The dog wore a pink collar, but no tags. No one at the clinic could locate a tracking chip. A Breckenridge police officer took the dog to the Summit County Animal Shelter. The staff there did not recognize the animal and could not locate a tracking chip, either.

A man later came to the police station to claim the dog. He said the dog had gotten loose during a morning walk. The man said he wasn’t aware that his dog wasn’t chipped and did not have tags. Police wrote up a citation, as this was the man’s second dog-related offense in 18 months. The man signed the citation and bought a dog license at the front desk of the police department.


Dine-and-dashers don’t get far

On Jan. 7, a report was filed that a group of men had completed a “dine and dash” at a local restaurant, racking up a bill over $200.

Luckily the staff was on to their shenanigans and obtained a great description of the suspects, their vehicle description and the plate. It didn’t take long for an officer to locate the vehicle at a nearby hotel. The passengers were located at yet another bar, where they had been kicked out for unruly behavior. They all initially denied any involvement with the theft, but as evidence against them mounted, and they started to see jail in their future, they decided to come clean and make amends, which was all the restaurant manager wanted. After emptying all of their wallets they were able to come to a civil agreement with the manager, thusly saving them from a night in jail.

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