Summit County police blotter: Don’t leave the seat up
March 7, 2017
On the morning of Wednesday, March 1, a Breckenridge police officer responded to a report of a break-in at a local business. Upon arriving there for work, an employee had found that the door had been kicked in and the latch bolt was damaged.
Nothing in the office was reported missing and the only thing out of place was the restroom's toilet seat, which was left up. Police were told that none of the employees at the business ever left the toilet seat up.
There were also splinters of wood matching the damaged door latch in the trashcan next to the toilet. None of the neighboring tenants reported hearing anything suspicious the night before. The case remained open.
Shoplifter tracked down through loyalty program
On March 2, the Silverthorne police department reported a shoplifting case where the suspect had registered with the store's loyalty program before leaving with the stolen goods, providing a name, address and phone number.
Silverthorne police said this, along with numerous cameras throughout the shop, made the suspect much easier to locate.
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A malicious mess
Breckenridge police were dispatched to a criminal mischief report at an apartment building on the afternoon of Friday, Feb 24. The reporting party said that several days before, employees had noticed eggs and human feces spread around several units.
There was no other damage to the units. The mess had been cleaned up, but the reporting party said she needed a report completed for her employer.
There were no suspects, and the case was inactivated.
No room at the inn
At around 4:30 a.m. on a Saturday, a Breckenridge police officer responded to reports of a man who was knocking on a door saying that he was freezing and needed the police.
The man told the officer that he had lost his phone and didn't know where his friends were. He thought he "was going to die if he didn't get somewhere warm" and asked to be taken to jail, saying he had thought he was going to have to break the law to find a warm place to sleep.
The man appeared to be intoxicated, and the officer transported him to detox for the night, believing he was a danger to himself and others.
Breckenridge police were dispatched to a ski pass fraud at the base of Peak 8 on the afternoon of Friday, March 3. The suspect was very uncooperative with police, refusing to provide his name and being "very passive-aggressive."
Resort employees told police that the man had called pass scanners "extremely crude names" and that the incident was the "most rude pass fraud situation yet this year."
The suspect reportedly yelled "(expletive) tha police" when he was told law enforcement was getting involved. An officer issued him a court summons and he "crumpled it up in his hand and left."
Car camping Gone wrong
Sheriff's deputies were responding to reports of illegal camping near Tiger Road on the night of Feb. 23, when they noticed a man slumped over the steering wheel of a running car.
A deputy knocked on the driver's side window and the man, who appeared to be intoxicated, opened the door. After the deputy told the man to close the door and roll down the window, he proceeded to unsuccessfully fumble with the window controls for "approximately one minute."
The man opened the door again, and the deputy rolled down the window for him and closed the door. The deputy noticed two open beer cans in the vehicle's cup holders as well as empty cans on the passenger seat and a bottle of vodka that was one-quarter full.
The man initially denied having been drinking that night, but when he stepped out of the vehicle he was unable to keep his balance and threw up his hands saying, "Yes, I drank."
He was booked into the Summit County Jail and charged with driving under the influence and an open container violation.
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