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April 18, 2012
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Police were contacted on April 12 about a man who had become a problem at a Chambers Avenue gas station in Eagle.

On April 11, the man had been outside the store asking people for money to help him buy gas. A woman gave him $2.50, which he dropped at the counter. He then pumped $12.50 worth of fuel and drove off. Employees at the store were familiar with the man mooching gas money off customers in the past and he had previously been successful getting enough to pay.

On April 12, the man returned and an employee asked him about the $10 he owed from the day before. The man said someone outside told him they would pay his bill, then he cursed and quickly walked out of the store and drove away. The employee got a partial license plate number of his car and called police to have them issue a no-trespassing order for the man.

Later, the officer was driving in Eagle when he noticed a man who matched the suspect's description. The man had two hub caps in his hand and a car matching the suspect vehicle's description and license plate was parked nearby. The man saw the officer and quickly walked into an apartment complex.

The officer contacted the suspect at his apartment and asked if he forgot to pay for gas the day before. The man said he didn't intend to steal any fuel and would pay the gas station. The officer informed him he was no longer welcome at the store and someone else would have to drop the payment off for him.

Eagle police responded to an assault at a convenience store on Fairgrounds Road in Eagle on March 19.

Police were familiar with the suspect through previous contacts.

The store clerk said she used to be friends with the suspect until about two years ago. The suspect asked to use the phone in the store that night and appeared upset. The clerk allowed her to use the phone but told her afterward that she was no longer welcome at the store because she had insulted her earlier that week. The suspect started yelling at the clerk and slapped her, then stole a can of beer.

Police searched for the suspect unsuccessfully until March 20, when the woman came into the police station to receive her court summons. She was cited for disorderly conduct, petty theft and assault and battery.

Eagle police were dispatched to a theft and disturbance at City Market in Eagle on March 16.

A City Market employee saw a man leave the store with a case of beer he hadn't paid for. An off-duty Eagle County Sheriff's deputy witnessed the incident and contacted the man at his car.

He told the man he was with the sheriff's office and that there was some question about the beer he had. The man said his friend paid for the beer but agreed to go back into the store to sort things out.

At the store entrance, the man set the beer down and shoved the off-duty officer. The officer told Eagle police the man also tried to punch him with his right hand. Fearing for his safety and that of others, he took the man to the ground and restrained him, calling 911. Meanwhile, he saw another man exit the store and drive off in the same car the suspect had been in.

During questioning, the man avoided the topic of his altercation with the off-duty officer and later claimed the officer didn't identify himself as an off-duty deputy. An Eagle police officer told him that taking beer will get a person into a little trouble but getting into it with an officer will get him in even more trouble.

The man apologized several times. He was cited for harassment, petty theft and resisting arrest.

A delivery person found a longboard in a hotel parking lot early on April 1. The board will be kept at the Eagle Police station on Broadway for 90 days.

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The VailDaily Updated Apr 18, 2012 12:21PM Published Apr 18, 2012 12:18PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.