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Unanswered phone call in Gypsum leads man to jail

Dustin Racioppi
Gypsum, CO Colorado

Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.

GYPSUM, Colorado ” Imagine being a deputy and being tasked to respond to a report of a prowler-in-progress that turned into a domestic violence with the prowler being the victim’s soon-to-be-ex-husband. It’s a lot to digest and untwist and make sense of. But there was no need for the deputy to worry because the soon-to-be-ex-father-in-law had the situation under control when he arrived in Gypsum, Colorado Dec. 3.

What had happened was, a man who was about to finalize a divorce with his wife in a few days was getting no answer when he repeatedly called her, he told deputies. And he really needed to talk to her about a credit card bill and getting back a camera, he said.

So his next logical move was to go to the house she was staying at, which happens to be next door from her parents. When she went into her bedroom and saw a light shining in the window, and knowing it was her husband, she freaked out and ran downstairs to call her mom, who then called 911.

But dad took it into his own hands. He walked next door, saw his future ex-son-in-law hiding by the bedroom window and ordered him to the front yard where he made him lay down on the ground and wait for the authorities to show up.

When the deputy arrived, the man was taken to Eagle County Detention Facility where he was charged with harassment, third-degree trespassing and domestic violence ” all charges he said would have never happened if his wife would’ve just picked up the phone.

AVON ” A vivid imagination could lead to some conclusions why a local man stole lip balm, skin cleanser and Body Butter from City Market on Nov. 21, but he couldn’t come up with a good excuse to give police when he was caught.

An employee at the store said they saw the man slip some lip balm into his back pants pocket. Then he picked up some skin cleansers and a jar of Body Butter and headed for the meat department. That’s where police said he stuffed the items into his sweatshirt.

When he went to go buy a pack of cigarettes but failed because he didn’t have his identification on him, he walked out of the store and was confronted by the store’s security officer.

When police interviewed the man, he said it was stupid, that he decided to steal the items on the spur of the moment and had no intention whatsoever of paying for them.

He was summonsed for larceny and sent home chapped and dry.

AVON ” One Home Depot customer is out of a store credit thanks to a Home Depot employee.

The police report showed that a 44-year-old employee of the store admitted to the crime. She said after several unsuccessful attempts to call the customer to notify them of the store credit, she decided she’d just use it herself.

The woman was summonsed with larceny.

EDWARDS ” An Edwards woman’s trip to work was cut short Nov. 23 when she made an upsetting discovery at the gas station.

She went to fill up her tank before heading to her job, and noticed a sugary residue around the gas cap and inside the nozzle area of her 1999 Ford station wagon.

Despite a fear her car was ruined, she drove home to have her husband call police.

There are no leads in the case, and it looks like the couple will be saddled with the $500 deductible on their insurance policy to get the car fixed.

Dustin Racioppi can be reached at 970-748-2936 or dracioppi@vaildaily.com.

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