Summit County police blotter: Bomb threat, cocaine test and cash theft
False bomb threat
The morning of Saturday, Sept. 5, Breckenridge police were notified of a robbery in progress and bomb threat at Loaf N Jug on North Park Avenue. Two Loaf N Jug employees answered the phone and heard a person saying there was a bomb in the building. One police officer spoke with two men sitting on the floor, and another who was wearing all black and talking on the phone. The two men on the floor said they came into the store and noticed a man on the phone taking money from the registers and putting it in a plastic bag. An officer took the phone from the man dressed in all black, who said he received a call from an unidentified suspect that morning stating that there was a bomb in the building, and, if he didn’t do what he was told, the bomb would explode. The suspect told him to take all of the money out of the register, put it in a bag and go to the Western Union terminal, when police appeared.
Another witness approached police and said when he was in the store, he overheard the frightened clerk telling someone on the phone that he could not open the safe. After searching the building, Breckenridge police and Summit County Sheriff’s officers determined the bomb threat and robbery to be a hoax.
A key mistake
Breckenridge Police were dispatched to Mi Casa Mexican Grill on Sept. 7, after a man had left a bag containing a white, powdery substance at the bar. Ten minutes after he had left, the man returned to Mi Casa, smiling and asking for his “keys,” which he said were worth $300. When an employee did not give the man the bag of powder, which was locked away, he left and police were contacted. Police took the bag of powder and used a test kit, determining that the powder was, in fact, cocaine. Police did not see a suspect that matched the description before entering the restaurant.
Silverthorne Police responded to reports of a barefoot woman running down Highway 6 early the morning of Sept. 1. Police found the woman, soaking wet after she had run through Blue River. The woman was transported to the hospital for medical attention after she told officers she had been on an all-night meth binge.
Silverthorne Police responded to reports of a suspicious person at the La Quinta Hotel on Aug. 27. A woman reported that after she left Old Chicago to use the restroom, a man followed her. While she was in a stall, she said the man crawled under the locked stall door, but he ran away after she yelled and kicked the door. Police located and arrested the man, who was visibly intoxicated. The bar was also cited for providing the man enough alcohol to be a danger to himself and others.
Cash for classes
Dillon police responded to reports of a theft in August at Colorado Mountain College. A woman said she left an envelope containing $1,266 in cash on top of the counter with her keys while registering for classes on a computer in the room. CMC helped officers identify three people who were at the counter during that time, but all three denied taking the money. After viewing video footage, an officer obtained an arrest warrant. The suspect was on probation, visited his probation officer and was arrested less than two days after the theft. He did not have the money with him when he was arrested.
An officer pulled over a car for several traffic violations. The driver claimed to have no license, but he told the officer his name and date of birth. When the officer researched the name, he found no driver’s license attached to his name. The man was taken into custody — since he had nothing to prove his identity — and later admitted he had used his brother’s name because he thought he had an arrest warrant. This was the case, and he was transported to jail, charged as a fugitive of justice, with displaying fictitious plates, driving under restraint, failing to provide proof of insurance and attempting to influence a public servant by giving false identity information — a felony charge.
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