Thornton police briefs

Posted 9/14/12

Second-degree burglary, obstructing police officer, resisting arrest: An officer responded Aug. 23 to 4240 E. 94th Ave. in reference to a burglary …

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Thornton police briefs


Second-degree burglary, obstructing police officer, resisting arrest: An officer responded Aug. 23 to 4240 E. 94th Ave. in reference to a burglary that occurred.

A 24-year-old woman said she came home to find that someone removed a window screen and gained entry into her apartment.

Several items were missing from inside, including a trash can, baskets of toiletries, a digital camera and some cleaning products.

During a canvas of the neighborhood, an officer contacted a 26-year-old woman who had the stolen items inside her apartment, visible from the front door. When the officer asked her about them, the woman became belligerent and refused to give him her identification.

The officer told her she was being placed under arrest, at which time the woman continued to shout, pushing the officer away and trying to flee back into her apartment. She tried to grab the officer’s gun belt and struggled while being placed into the patrol car.

Once inside the car, the woman began banging her head on the car window. After being processed, the woman was transported to the Adams County jail.

Felony menacing: Officers were dispatched Aug. 20 in reference to a menacing that occurred in the area of East 145th Avenue and Gaylord Street.

The officers met with four 16-year-olds from Thornton and Northglenn who had reported to dispatch that two Hispanic men were chasing them in a Volkswagen.

Thy said one of the men displayed a handgun and acted like he was going to shoot at them. They told the officers that they had been involved in a verbal argument with the two suspects earlier in the evening.

Officers were able to contact the suspect vehicle, a Mazda, in the area of York Street and 144th Avenue. One of the occupants, a 20-year-old Thornton man, was positively identified as the person who made threats with a gun.

The man was taken into custody, processed for felony menacing and later released pending filing of formal charges. On Aug. 30, detectives filed five counts of felony menacing in the case with the district attorney’s office.

Theft, disorderly conduct: An officer was dispatched Aug. 18 to Valley Liquors at 8807 Huron St. in reference to a cold theft.

According to police reports, two Hispanic men entered the store and took several bottles of wine valued at $21.50, put them in their pants pockets and left without paying. Their actions were viewed on the store security camera.

The next day, officers were dispatched to Hilltop Liquor in the 9200 block of Huron Street in reference to a theft of two bottles of wine.

During the investigation and review of that store’s security camera, the suspects were identified as the same two who stole from Valley Liquors a day earlier. The suspects were later contacted at one’s apartment. They were taken into custody, processed and later released on summonses.

Possession of marijuana, failure to provide proof of insurance: An officer conducted a traffic stop Aug. 18 in the 4200 block of East 121st Avenue after he observed two men riding a moped and a homemade motorcycle.

They were not wearing eye protection and made a turn without signaling.

When the officer contacted the riders, a 19-year-old and an 18-year-old, both of Thornton, a subsequent pat-down turned up 1.18 grams of marijuana on one man and .84 grams of marijuana on the other man.

One man was issued a summons for riding while under restraint, no proof of insurance and marijuana possession.

The other man was issued a summons for no proof of insurance and marijuana possession. Both were released on the scene.

Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.


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