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Deja vue

A deputy stopped a car on Interstate 70 near Avon Oct. 15 when he saw the car had a cracked windshield.

When the officer contacted the 28-year-old driver, he saw a traffic citation in the glove box. The deputy discovered that the man’s driver license was under restraint and the citation was a recent one for the same offense from another Eagle County deputy.

The 28-year-old was summonsed to court for driving under restraint.

Stolen dog

An Edwards resident suspected her Shih Tzu named Lexi was stolen Oct. 17. The resident told deputies that she let the dog outside at Arlington Place and it didn’t come back. She went looking for it and a lady told her she saw a white dog running down the middle of the street that was picked up by someone in a white four-door car. The dog owner said her pet is worth $350 and is implanted with a microchip.

Hunting feud

A 52-year-old hunter reported that a generator was stolen from his camp near State Bridge between 6:30 and 10:30 a.m. Oct. 19.

A witness said he saw a white Dodge turbo diesel parked near the site at 7:30 a.m. and leave 10 minutes later.

The 52-year-old hunter said he had a good idea who stole his generator. He gave officers the name of a 56-year-old man who used to be his best friend. He said the 56-year-old was involved with illegal hunting activities and they had a falling out when he refused to help him. Since then, the 52-year-old said the tires on his truck had been slashed and gas was dumped into his water holding tank. He said the 56-year-old also knows where he hunts.

The deputy noted there were some footprints and tire tracks at the site that might belong to the suspect. The 52-year-old said his former friend knows what kind of shoes to wear so that they don’t leave a clear impression in the dirt.

The water valve on the camper appeared to have been tampered with. The 52-year-old checked his tank and said it was clean. The deputy wanted to test the cap for fingerprints but the 52-year-old didn’t respond. He was so upset by then that he started packing up his camp before the deputy had a chance.

The hunter said the 56-year-old probably dumped the generator in the river somewhere. He became increasingly upset and told the deputy he wanted to confront the man himself. The deputy urged him not to and contacted Glenwood Springs Police to interview the suspect at his home in Glenwood.

The suspect said he was in Eagle County on various errands the morning of Oct. 19 and he had the receipts to prove it. He said he never went up Colorado River Road that day and that a lot of people drive white Dodge turbo diesels. He allowed the police to search his property for the generator, which wasn’t found. He confirmed that he used to be good friends with the 52-year-old but they had a disagreement on a hunting trip and his temper was too much to handle.


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