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Local liquor store sting leads to tickets

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” Three local liquor outlets were nabbed for selling beer to underage customers in an Aug. 22 sting by Eagle County sheriff’s deputies.

At an Eagle-Vail convenience store and at two Gypsum businesses, a 20-year-old bought beer. Two clerks never asked for identification at the Eagle-Vail store and at one of the Gypsum stores.

At the other Gypsum store, the clerk asked for identification. When the man said he didn’t have any, the clerk turned to the next person in line and asked if he thought the man looked old enough to buy alcohol.

The customer said he did, so the clerk sold the beer.

All three clerks were ticketed for selling alcohol to a minor.

EAGLE COUNTY ” A man driving the wrong way on Interstate 70 ended up being arrested after he stole a woman’s belongings, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

A man was driving a Ford Explorer east in the west lanes and was stopped by police.

“You might as well arrest me now,” the driver told a sheriff’s deputy.

The deputy asked why, and the driver replied that he wouldn’t make the officer’s job any easier.

The man was drunk and the SUV was crammed with belongings. He was taken to jail.

A woman in Gunnison County owned the SUV, the man said.

Gunnison County police went to check on the woman and found her walking down a country road. She knew the driver, who had taken all of her belongings ” including two guns and every phone in her home ” while she was asleep.

The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony theft and firearm violations and was given several traffic tickets.

GYPSUM ” A man yelled at a teenager for running a stop sign on his bicycle and followed the teen in his car, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The teen, 17, was riding his bike, stopped at the stop sign and then turned left, the teen said.

A driver yelled at him for running the stop sign, followed him, cursed at him and asked if he wanted to “start something,” the teen said.

The man had drank two beers, but the sheriff’s deputy could not smell alcohol and the man seemed coherent.

The man said the teen was riding toward the man’s home and wanted to start some trouble. The teen ran the stop sign and was traveling at least 20 mph, the man said.

The man was not ticketed.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this article.

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