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No, really, I’m carjacking you

Reid Williams

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.

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.

– Remove all valuables from plain sight in your car. If they can’t see it, they won’t be tempted to break in and take it.

A Dillon man got a surprise Jan. 9 while sitting in his SUV in a parking lot. The engine was running and the man was checking his messages on his cell phone when, the man told a sheriff’s deputy, another man walked up, opened the door and said, “I’m carjacking you.”

“Are you kidding?” the man responded.

“I am carjacking you,” the would-be thief allegedly said. “I am taking your car.”

The driver told the deputy he didn’t see any weapons, but got out of his car anyway. Then he changed his mind and got mad, getting into a wrestling match with the laid-back carjacker. They struggled across the parking lot, crashing to the ground in front of nearby stores. Two store workers saw the struggle and came outside to separate the men.

In the deputy’s report, the deputy notes he smelled alcohol on the carjacker – which the deputy found interesting, since his driver’s license said he was 20 years old. The carjacker told the deputy he was merely walking across the street to look at the lights on the mountain and was knocking on the SUV window to get help. He also tried to give the deputy a credit card with another person’s name on it and an insurance card that belonged to someone else.

The deputy booked him on attempted robbery, disorderly conduct and underage consumption of alcohol.

Ah, neighbors

A woman filed a report with Breckenridge police Jan. 6 after attending a planning commission meeting. Apparently, the hot topic was not zoning, density or easements, but a woman telling another not to mess with her kids and that she would get it.

A witness also recounted the threat, and said the woman told her friend, “You really don’t want to mess with me.”

And she didn’t. She didn’t press charges, just wanted the police to know.

Smells like weed?

Could be the, uh, weed

A Dillon Valley resident called police Jan. 7 reporting the strong smell of marijuana coming from a nearby apartment. A sheriff’s deputy responded to the scene.

“Upon my arrival, I could smell what I recognize as the smell of marijuana coming from inside the apartment,” the deputy wrote in his report.

At first, the two gentlemen in the apartment said they did not have any marijuana. The deputy explained he could smell it and asked to have a look inside. He did, and he found several pipes with a burnt residue in them. Both men fessed up to the pipes and received citations for possession of drug paraphernalia. The deputy left with the pipes.

Maybe she just wanted to put a mint on the pillow

Silverthorne police had to remove a woman from a hotel after the people who were staying there complained the woman wouldn’t leave them alone.

Officers arrived at the hotel about 4:15 a.m. Jan. 11 to learn from a desk clerk that the woman, intoxicated and rambling, was knocking on doors on the fifth floor. As the officers were talking with the desk clerk, the elevator door opened and out stumbled the woman.

The officers noted the woman appeared intoxicated and said she was 20 years old. They ran her name through the Big Computer and found she had a warrant for her arrest for contempt of court on an original charge of motor vehicle theft.

She went to jail on the warrant and received a ticket for underage consumption.

Shopping for license plates

A man called Breckenridge police Jan. 8 after sitting in the City Market parking lot and watching a man trying to steal license plates from a car. The man told dispatchers the suspect had boarded a Summit Stage bus.

An officer caught up with the bus on Highway 9 and asked the man to step outside. The man had no identification, but the reporting party showed up and confirmed the officer had the right man.

Later, the bus driver called the police to say he had found a social security card and another ID on the bus – dropped by the suspected plate thief when the officer took him off the bus. The cards also had a different name than the man had given the officer.

The officer charged the man with attempted theft and criminal impersonation and had a jail officer contact the Immigration and Naturalization Service.

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

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