Police Report: May 12 -18, 2020

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Laurel Police Report

The following represent a portion of the calls responded to by officers from the Laurel Police Department. Unless otherwise indicated, all cases are considered under investigation. Anyone with information about these or other crimes is encouraged to call the LPD at 628- 8737.

May 12

• At 2:24 p.m. officers received a report of a theft at the Town and Country store on East Main St. Two adult males had stolen a grease gun, 18–volt battery and assorted clothing items. When officers reviewed the security footage they identified the two men involved. Nunzio Schepis, 48, of Laurel eventually turned himself in and was charged with shoplifting. Craig Wiggins, 49, of Laurel refused to turn himself in and as of May 19, officers were preparing an arrest warrant for shoplifting.

• At 9:17 p.m. officers received a report of a theft on the 1100 block of Milwaukee. The landlord stated when a male moved out they stole the dishwasher and stove. The incident is under investigation.

May 13

• At 11:46 a.m. a theft of painkillers was reported on the 800 block of 3rd Ave. The incident is under investigation.

• At 8:38 p.m. a Laurel City Court warrant in the amount of $10,000 was served on Burdett Smith, 37, of Billings in the Yellowstone County Detention Facility. The warrant was for revocation of a suspended sentence.

May 14

• At 3:46 p.m. officers received a report of a push out at Walmart. They arrived on scene and Claudia Bell, 21, of Hays was arrested for theft, 3rd or subsequent offense. The value of the recovered items was $624.39.

May 15

• At 7:13 p.m. two juveniles were arrested and charged with discharging a firearm in city limits after a caller reported they were shooting at their dogs.

May 16

• At 12:11 p.m. a black utility trailer was reported stolen on the 100 block of Yellowstone. The value of the trailer is $1,000 and the incident is under investigation.

May 17

• At 6:09 a.m. graffiti was reported on the side of a business on the 300 block of West Main St.

• At 1:15 p.m. criminal mischief was reported on the 2400 block of Topeka Dr. Three of the tires on a vehicle had been slashed. Officers have identified a suspect and the incident is under investigation.

May 18

• At 8:25 a.m. a caller on the 500 block of East 5th St. who was upset that his water wasn’t working became verbally abusive to a Laurel PD dispatcher. Officers went to the caller’s home and Joshua Keller, 30, of Laurel was subsequently arrested for privacy in communication. He was booked at the LPD and released with a court date.

Stillwater County Sheriff’s Office

May 12

• At 12:29 a.m. a caller at the Zip Trip stated he was hitchhiking across country and had been riding for the past 80 miles with an individual in a blue pickup. When the driver stopped for gas the RP went inside to get some water. While he was inside, the driver of the truck took off with all the individuals’ belongings including his phone. At 12:47 a.m. a deputy advised the truck took off between 15 and 30 minutes prior and requested Sweetgrass and Park Counties be advised of the blue truck. At 1:05 a.m. a deputy advised they had located a blue truck with Washington plates at the rest area. A second deputy advised they were on their way to the rest area with the victim. At 8:31 p.m. a deputy advised a search of the vehicle had been completed and the vehicle could be towed. The deputy released the stolen items back to the owner.

• At 12:47 p.m. a caller on 3rd Ave. NW stated when they left for Laurel that morning they saw an older female dressed warm and walking around. The RP stated they just got home and the female was now on the frontage road near the Stillwater County line. They were worried the female had dementia or was homeless. Montana Highway Patrol and a deputy were advised.

May 13

• At 5:32 a.m. a caller at the post office stated an individual came up to them and stated their son had hit her in the face. At 6:33 a.m. a deputy stated parties would be separated and a verbal 72–hour no contact order was given. The deputy stated there were signs of brief mutual combat between both parties involved. Based on previous calls and history between both parties, the deputy advised they would forward all information about the call to the county attorney.

• At 11:12 a.m. the Montana Department of Labor advised they had just gotten off the phone with a resident at the Homestead who stated they wanted to commit suicide. They stated the subject had been trying to file for unemployment and said her son had been beating her up due to the lack of income. At 11:53 a.m. a deputy advised a check had been completed and the subject stated she didn’t want to hurt herself or anyone else.

May 17

• At 4:51 p.m. a 911 caller on South Clark St. stated a train that just passed through Park City had a hot bearing that was smoking. At 4:58 p.m. Montana RailLink was notified and stated they would get someone to check it out immediately.

• At 7:34 p.m. a 911 caller at the Park City High School stated there were two boys aged 10–13 at the school playground yelling sexual things at their 10–year– old daughter and her friend. The RP stated when they drove by to see if they were still there one of them yelled, “What? Are you looking at me?” The RP said they would call the superintendent and asked for a deputy to speak with the boys. At 8:09 p.m. a deputy advised there were two males and a female at the playground but they didn’t match the description the RP provided.



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