Men get violent over supposed tool theft |

Men get violent over supposed tool theft

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY ” Construction equipment can get rather expensive, and police were called to a local parking lot when two men began arguing over a pricey ratchet lift that had mysteriously gone missing.

Officers found the men in a heated face-to-face argument and, when one of them began to reach in his pocket, an officer instructed the two to get on the ground at gun point.

According to witnesses, one of the men had threatened the other with a knife when he accused him of stealing his ratchet lift valued at $500.

Apparently the two men used to be roommates, and the man was convinced his former living companion was the thief.

Although the man refused to admit he had ever used a knife, the man who had allegedly been threatened was able to describe a knife with a reddish colored handle and four-inch blade.

Officers did not find the knife on the man but were granted permission to search his vehicle, where they found the alleged weapon under a sweatshirt.

The second man confirmed that it was the same knife that had been pointed at him in a threatening manner.

To get to the root of the argument, officers then searched the other man’s apartment in search of the ratchet lift, but the tool was not found.

The man with the knife was transported to the Summit County Jail, where he was charged with menacing with a deadly weapon.

When asked why he was the only one getting arrested, police informed him that threatening someone with a knife was a more serious crime than falsely accusing someone of theft.

There has been no word as to whether the ratchet lift was ever found.

Drunk, but not a trespasser

A concerned resident called police to report a possible trespasser on his property after discovering a man staring into the window of his home late at night.

The resident found the man after hearing strange noises coming from his porch and, after he saw a male figure in the shadows, he went upstairs to retrieve his shotgun.

When officers arrived, he provided a detailed description of the man’s clothing, stating that the suspect had run away in the direction of the road.

Shortly after, police came across a man stumbling in the road who subsequently fell into a ditch when officers began to approach him.

The man matched the description of the potential trespasser, and as officers began questioning him, it became increasingly apparent that he was intoxicated.

Police escorted the drunken man back to the house of the complaining resident, but after deliberating for several moments, the home owner could not positively identify him as the man he had seen outside in the dark.

The intoxicated wanderer was escorted to the Summit County Jail, where he was issued a summons for being intoxicated in the roadway.

Given the man had a blood-alcohol content of .141, his morning hangover was probably accompanied by a feeling of confusion, having traveled to a unfamiliar neighborhood and jail all in one night.

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