Unwelcome at camp
The owner of a local hunting outfitter called the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office to say that an intoxicated man came to his camp and demanded money he claimed was owed to him.
The outfitter said he didn’t know the man’s name and reported that he was carrying a semi-automatic black handgun on his belt. The outfitter described the vehicle that the man had arrived in, along with the license plate number. He said the man was abrasive and made everyone at the camp very uncomfortable. Although he noted the man never made any direct threats, the outfitter stressed that he arrived uninvited.
The following morning, workers noticed that tires on the outfitter’s horse trailer had all been slashed and that the actual trailer had been damaged.
After taking photos of the damage, the deputy headed to the address connected to the license plate information. The man at the house told the deputy that he did, in fact, go to the hunting camp because the outfitter owed him approximately $2,000. He said he did have a firearm but didn’t threaten anyone at any time. He told the deputy that he was blunt with the owner but not harassing.
The man said that he had nothing to do with the horse trailer damage or the tires being slashed.
A 36-year-old Edwards man called in to report that his truck had been vandalized with scratches all over it.
The man told the deputy that the only person he could identify as a suspect was a man that he had recent problems with. He stated that this same man had recently assaulted him and that there was a current court case regarding that assault.
The deputy took photos of the damage and attempted to call the suspect. The calls went unanswered.
A local auto body shop estimated the repairs to the truck to be around $7,000.
An Edwards tire shop reported a burglary and the store manager also told the deputy that his past employee, a 25-year-old man, had stolen some tools.
Another employee had taken a photo of tools in the back of the man’s car. The store manager had tried to contact the former employee, but the man wasn’t responding to any of the phone calls. The total value of the tools taken was around $1,500.The deputy left a message for the alleged suspect.
Later in the day, the store manager sent the deputy an email saying that the man’s wife had dropped off a few of the stolen items. The deputy then went to the man’s residence. When the deputy arrived, the man was on the porch. The deputy asked the man where the rest of the tools were located. The man told the deputy that they were in the house and that his wife was getting ready to take them back to the tire store. He told the deputy that he had taken them to work on the vehicles and said that he only had the tools for a few days. When the deputy pointed out that he had the tools for much longer than two days, he smirked and told her, “you’re right.”
The deputy then followed the man, along with his wife, to return the remaining tools to the store.
Egg’ed in Gypsum
A Gypsum woman called in to report that her house had been “egg’ed.”
When the deputy arrived, he noticed several egg shells on the porch and front of the house. No damage had occurred to the home.
The woman was concerned because the month before, her mother-in-law had discovered a fork in her tire at their residence. The woman showed the deputy a photo of the fork in the tire and the deputy noted the fork was in the tire in the tread and flattened – consistent with running over it.
A canvas of the neighborhood revealed no other damage.
A local attorney said he sees similarities between last week’s chairlift death of a New Jersey man, and a case he won against Vail Resorts 20 years ago.