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An Offbeat Look at Area Crime

Prints alarming

EVERGREEN — After spending a long day out and about, the Spring Valley Trail resident returned home on the afternoon of Jan. 29 to find a fresh blanket of snow on the ground and mystery in the air. Strange footprints were visible all about the house, including tracks that marched directly up to a screen door that had been pulled open about 18 inches. On the off-chance a delivery person had come calling, he’d contacted a parcel delivery service, which assured him there’d been no deliveries to his address scheduled that day. On the brighter side, it didn’t appear that anyone had entered the house, and nothing was obviously missing or mussed. Still, he wanted the footprints on file just in case. The officer scheduled additional patrols of the neighborhood and made tracks.


A proportional response

EVERGREEN — The vague text message of Jan. 30 was just suggestive enough to be troubling. His ex-girlfriend promised to “make sure” she would never intrude on his life again “forever.” The next day he received a string of odd texts from an anonymous source, indicating his ex-girlfriend’s backpack and cell phone might, or might not, have been found abandoned at a Squaw Pass trailhead. While he thought it entirely possible his one-time honey was creating a little drama intended to stir his emotions and re-ignite his passion, he thought it best to have JCSO follow up and affirm she wasn’t contemplating anything too permanent. A check of the trailhead turned up neither pack nor phone. A visit to relatives of the ex-girlfriend revealed that she’d been behaving normally, hadn’t strayed an inch from her accustomed routine and was definitely not succumbing to self-imposed exposure on some nameless peak deep inside Clear Creek County. A phone call to the ex-girlfriend netted an apology of sorts. She advised the officer that “some things” had been “blown out of proportion,” and they needn’t extend themselves further on her behalf. They didn’t.



Troll highway

ASPEN PARK — Patrolling on the morning of Jan. 29, a sharp-eyed deputy noticed a motorcycle parked underneath the South Turkey Creek highway overpass. While that wasn’t necessarily remarkable in itself, the facts that the keys were still in its ignition, that it had been parked in the same spot 24 hours earlier and that the aforementioned spot was in a clearly designated no-parking zone were. The officer called in to see if the sedentary cycle was stolen. It wasn’t, and when contacted by phone, the bike’s registered owner seemed genuinely surprised it had been dumped, since he’d just sold it to a guy, plates and all, for cash. It was the deputy’s turn to be surprised when the owner could provide exactly no information about the bike’s buyer other than that he “lived along the 285 Corridor.” The officer tagged the derelict cycle for removal and booked the keys into the JCSO evidence vault for safekeeping.


Man turns down free gas

FLYING ‘J’ RANCH — A harried hiker hollered for help on the afternoon of Feb. 1, reporting a mace-wielding menace at large in the park. He said he’d been serenely strolling the wooded ways when he met a hiker with a dog on a seven-foot leash. A friendly sort, seemingly, the dog “jumped up on” him, evoking unpleasant memories of a youthful canine encounter that ended with tears and stitches. Keeping his head, he “politely” asked the dog’s owner to control the beast, at which the stranger launched into a voluble and vulgar soliloquy, at which the complainant responded with a few sharp words of his own, at which the salty stranger produced a Pringles-sized canister of mace and growled, “You want a piece of this?” The complainant didn’t want a piece of that and retreated to the parking lot to summon JCSO. Located just steps away in the parking lot, the indicted dog-walker told pretty much the same story, only with himself in the role of put-upon protagonist, and showed the officer his can of mace, which more closely resembled a dispenser of Pez than one of Pringles. The deputy explained county leash laws to both men and hit the trail.