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A Few Traffic RemindersUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/3/2013 8:21 AM

The Department routinely receives questions regarding traffic laws and complaints about driving behaviors. These are just a couple of our recent ones:

Q: There was a power outage in Greeley the other day causing the traffic signals to quit working. The lights were out for quite awhile. Why didn’t police officers direct traffic at the intersections?

A: Power outages cause a myriad of issues for both the citizens and the police. Calls for service increase immediately during these times, and all needs must be prioritized. Legislators recognized malfunctioning lights to be an issue years ago, and established the criteria for drivers when these situations occur. Intersections controlled by traffic signals that are out are to be treated as if they are a four-way stop until the lights are again functioning correctly. Since there is a “fix” in place when the lights go out, other situations and calls for service can take priority and police officers are dispatched accordingly. If officers are available and there are significant issues, officers may be dispatched to direct traffic until the problem can be solved.

Q: I’ve heard texting and driving is illegal in Colorado, yet I routinely see people who appear to be texting while they are at traffic lights, or driving down the street. Is texting illegal, and why aren’t these people being stopped?

A: Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Colorado. It is a primary offense, which means officers need not see another violation in order to stop a driver and issue a citation. And while texting seems to be what people focus on and see most often, distracted driving, overall, is the bigger issue. People are trying to do a number of things while driving – eating, drinking, managing children, changing the radio, reading the on-board computer screens, etc. – all of which affect a person’s ability to drive safely. There are more and more cars on the road these days, and more and more distractions both inside and outside the vehicle. Vehicles, when not under control, can do extreme, permanent damage resulting in far reaching consequences for all involved. As far as why people are being stopped – they are, when an officer sees the violation. Just as with speeding, or running a red light, or failing to stop at a stop sign, when a driver sees an officer he/she tends to be on their best driving behavior. When there are not police cars in the area, drivers believe they “can get away with it.” So as school starts please remember to drive safely, observe school zones, and wait until you’re home or out of your vehicle to read or send texts, eat your lunch, or make your phone calls, etc. As others have said, “The life you save may be your own,” but the lives you affect may be more than you can count.

What You Should Know About Amend. 64Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
7/2/2013 9:17 AM
Amendment 64 - ColoradoAmendment 64 to the Colorado Constitution legalizes the recreational use of marijuana. It was signed into law on December 10, 2012.
 
There are essentially three parts to Amendment 64:

The legalization of limited amounts of marijuana for personal use
The legalization of accessories used for the consumption of marijuana
The legalization of the manufacture and sale of recreation marijuana
 
Our Greeley Police Department wanted to share information with you to help clarify what’s legal and what’s not. On that note, these are some of the major points everyone needs to know about this new law.
 
Personal Use
 
Amendment 64 authorizes the personal use of marijuana by individuals over the age of 21. Personal Use includes the following activities:
 
 
  • Possessing, using, displaying, purchasing or transporting up to 1 ounce of marijuana
  • Possessing, growing, processing, or transporting no more than 6 marijuana plants, with 3 or fewer being mature, flowering plants
  • Possession of all the marijuana produced by your plants on the premises where the plants were grown, provided that the growing takes place in an enclosed, locked space and is not conducted openly and publicly and is not available for sale
  • Transfer of up to 1 ounce of marijuana to another adult age 21 or over without remuneration
  • Consumption of marijuana provided that consumption is not conducted openly and publicly or in a manner that endangers others
  • Assisting any other adult age 21 or greater to do all of the above activities.
 
Marijuana Accessories
 
Amendment 64 removes marijuana accessories from the definition of drug paraphernalia if the marijuana accessories are used or possessed by a person age 21 or over.
Marijuana Accessories means any equipment, product, or materials of any kind which are used, intended for use, or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, composting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, vaporizing, or containing marijuana, or for ingesting, inhaling, or otherwise introducing marijuana into the human body.
 
Commercial/Retail Marijuana
 
Amendment 64 authorizes commercial Marijuana Establishments which include the following:
 
  • Marijuana Cultivation Facilities
  • Marijuana Testing Facilities
  • Marijuana Product Manufacturing Facilities
  • Retail Marijuana Stores
 
However the Greeley City Council has banned all Commercial/Retail Marijuana Establishments within the City of Greeley. The City Council has also banned the operation of marijuana clubs where individuals attempt to gather for the sole purpose of using marijuana. The City of Greeley is currently compiling a brochure which details this information more thoroughly and it should be available later this summer at various city offices, the police department and other business partners throughout the city.
Dog Days of Summer Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/29/2013 9:52 AM

Pets are known to enjoy car trips and often bring smiles to passersby as they hang their heads out going down the street. They love the air in their face and the excitement of “getting to go!” With summer upon us it’s time for a couple of reminders when it comes to travelling with your pet.

Greeley Municipal ordinances prohibit “confining any animal within a parked, closed vehicle, without allowing cross-ventilation to prevent the animal from suffering heat exhaustion, heat stroke or death; and under no circumstances shall a person confine such animal in any parked, closed vehicle on any public street or way for more than thirty (30) minutes. Any animal control officer or any police officer observing any animal kept in violation of this Section may enter the vehicle, leaving written notice in the vehicle and shall impound such animal to protect its well-being.”

The temperature inside a vehicle rises quickly and pets inside can be subjected to very high temperatures in a very short time. Even with the windows cracked, the temperatures often are more than animals can safely endure. Animal control officers have found many animals in vehicles with temperatures in excess of 120 degrees. Unfortunately, some of these animals have suffered serious issues from being left in these conditions.

To keep summer safe for pets too, please consider leaving your pet in the coolness of your house, or the shade of the backyard, if your trip is going to end with parking the car for a period of time, even a short time. Let’s keep them cool!

Family and Police Want to Help Prevent Future Tragic Loss from Texting While DrivingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/9/2013 3:27 PM

For Immediate Release
For more information,
media representatives should contact:
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
970-351-5383 Desk 970-371-3708 Cell
susan.west@greeleypd.com

A family reeling in the grief of tragic loss hopes that sharing their son’s story will prevent future accidents caused by texting and driving.

The Heit family and Greeley Police Department wish to share the findings of a car accident investigation on April 3, 2013 in hopes that other families may avoid the tragedy and loss of a beloved family member. At 5:16 p.m., Greeley Police Officers and rescue personnel were dispatched to a single vehicle, rollover traffic accident on the outskirts of Greeley. The driver, Alexander Heit, 22, of Boulder was transported by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center where he died a short time later.

Heit was in Greeley studying Audiology at the University of Northern Colorado. He was a good student and well liked in his classes. Colorado-raised with an affinity for being in the mountains, he loved being with his family, snowboarding in the winter and hiking in the summer. Friends and family remember Heit’s quick sense of humor, and his calm, kind presence.

Distracted driving, cell phone text

“I can’t bear the thought of anyone else having to go through something like this,” said Sharon Heit, Alexander Heit’s mom. “Please, vow to never, NEVER text and drive. In a split second you could ruin your future, injure or kill others, and tear a hole in the heart of everyone who loves you. And in honor of Alex’s memory, please do something kind for a stranger who needs help, as Alex always wished for a world were people were kinder to each other.”

Heit had been traveling eastbound on “O” Street from 35th Avenue, on a turn with a very narrow, dirt shoulder and a steep drop. Witnesses stated he seemed to have his head down, and began drifting into the oncoming lane of traffic. A westbound vehicle slowed and moved over just before Mr. Heit looked up. As he did, he jerked the steering wheel hard, over-correcting, resulting in his leaving the south side of the roadway, rolling and flipping the vehicle.

As officers investigated and searched the accident scene they discovered Heit’s cell phone in the vehicle. Visible on the display was a text message conversation with the last received text being at 5:16 p.m. There was a partial response typed below, but it was never sent. Heit had a spotless driving record and was not speeding.

While laws have been passed and public announcements made, texting and driving is still happening. “Unfortunately, when we think to ourselves, ‘I’ll just do it this one time,’ we are fooling ourselves,” said Chief Jerry Garner. This “one time” may be the only time. The Heit’s are sharing their tragedy and loss, in hope that through Alex’s story, others may realize and recognize just how dangerous texting and driving is. If this tragic, senseless accident can be a learning experience for others, perhaps others will be saved.

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Greeley Police Department Reports 2012 Crime StatsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
3/20/2013 9:45 AM

For Immediate Release
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
970-351-5383 Desk 970-371-3708 Cell
susan.west@greeleypd.com

Crime was a mixed bag in Greeley last year, according to figures released today by the Greeley Police Department.  Arson showed the biggest decline among Part One Crimes, dropping 33% from 2011 when 49 arsons were reported to the Police Department. Last year saw 33 logged.

Robbery also saw a significant decrease last year, declining 17% in 2012. Robberies decreased from 77 in 2011 to 64 last year. Motor vehicle thefts dropped from 150 in 2011 to 145 in 2012, while burglaries showed a significant decrease from 600 to 549.

One murder was reported in both 2011 and 2012.

On the other side of the ledger, three more rapes were reported in 2012 than the year before, when 39 were logged. Theft also increased in 2012, going up 7% to 2,583 reported crimes.  Some 2,413 were reported in 2011.

“Going after career criminals who are victimizing Greeley’s citizens remains the number one priority of the Police Department,” said Jerry Garner, Greeley’s police chief.

“We’ve made a good start, but there’s more to do.”

Greeley Police Department
2012 NIBRS Report

 

Performance Measures
 
 

 

Part 1 Crimes
Target
2007
2008
2009
2010
2011

 

 

2012

Final

 

 

  %

 

·          Murder*

-2%

4

4

3

2

1

1

0%

·          Rape

-2%

50

46

40

41

39

41

+5%

·          Aggravated Assault

-2%

324

400

331

332

322

323

0%

·          Robbery

-2%

48

69

69

56

77

64

-17%

·          Arson

-2%

18

29

35

36

49

33

-33%

·          Burglary

-2%

718

768

598

539

600

549

-9%

·          Theft

-2%

2,619

2,481

2,386

2,303

2,413

2,583

+7%

·          Motor Vehicle Theft

-2%

255

213

175

151

150

145

-3%

Part One Crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault, robbery, arson, burglary, theft and motor vehicle theft.

*This category does not include justifiable homicides.

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Weld County Task Force Seizes Large Amount of CocaineUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
2/15/2013 4:00 PM

For Immediate Release
For more information,
Media representatives should contact:
Lt. Mark Jones
Weld County Drug Task Force
970-590-6257

The Weld County Drug Task Force, (WCDTF), recently concluded an eighteen month long investigation into narcotic trafficking by the owners of T & G Tire Shop, 414 North 11th Avenue, Greeley, CO. Arrested were Alvaro Adrian Tellez, 033082, Hector Tellez, 110282, and Gladys Almodobar (Tellez), 12-22-88.

During the course of the investigation the WCDTF purchased almost a pound of cocaine from Hector Tellez. On February 13, 2013, the Task Force served search warrants at two residences with assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Homeland Security Investigations, and the Evans Police Department. The residences searched belonged to Adrian Tellez, 3313 Belmont Avenue in Evans, and Hector Tellez, 121 21st Ave, #56, in Greeley.

Seized from the Belmont address were 613.8 grams of cocaine, 1,329.6 grams of marijuana, and $49,631.00 in cash. In addition, investigators recovered a stolen Smith and Wesson .357 handgun. Seized from the 21st Avenue address were 3.5 grams of cocaine and $2785.00 in cash.

Hector Tellez was arrested during a traffic stop just prior to the warrant service and an additional 128.3 grams of cocaine were seized from the vehicle. Hector Tellez was arrested for five counts of Distribution of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (Cocaine) and one count of Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

Alvaro Adrian Tellez was arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute, Possession of Less Than 5 Pounds of Marijuana with Intent to Distribute, Money Laundering and Theft by Receiving.

Gladys Almodobar (Tellez) was arrested for Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute.

Requests for additional information should be directed to Lt. Mark Jones, Weld County Drug Task Force, 970-590-6257.

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Shooting Suspect Arrested, IdentifiedUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/13/2012 3:18 PM

November 13, 2012
For Immediate Release
Sgt. Susan West, Greeley Police Department, Public Information Officer
970-351-5383 Desk 970-371-3708 Cell
susan.west@greeleypd.com

The Greeley Police Department, in conjunction with the Weld County District Attorney’s Office, has been investigating a shooting involving an Evans police officer early on Saturday morning, November 10th. Greeley Police secured a warrant for the arrest of the suspect, Gerardo Magallanes, 09-06-88, for first degree assault on a peace officer and felony menacing.

At 1:02 a.m. Saturday morning, November 10th, Evans police were called to the 4200 block of Mariposa Lane on a family disturbance call. Upon arriving, the officer was confronted by an armed individual, whose actions forced the officer to fire his weapon, striking the suspect. Officers immediately began first aid efforts and the suspect was transported by ambulance to North Colorado Medical Center, where he remains at this time. Magallanes was taken into custody earlier today. He will be transported to the jail once released.

The officer involved remains on administrative leave at this time, as is normal procedure for incidents of this kind.

Additional requests for information should be directed to Sgt. Susan West, Public Information Officer, via the contact information listed above.

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Greeley Police Investigate and Locate Four Missing GirlsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
11/5/2012 10:25 AM
The Greeley Police Department has been investigating the disappearance of four girls reported missing at approximately 6:30 p.m. yesterday evening. All four girls were located together and have been reunited with family members.

The four girls, ages 12, 10, 6 and 5, live in the same apartment complex in the 1900 block of 2nd St. The older girls were babysitting the younger girls when they left the 10 year old’s apartment to go to the 12 year old’s apartment. They never arrived. Witnesses reported seeing all the girls walking together, but alone, away from the complex at about this time. Police were contacted after the children had not been seen or heard from for approximately 30 minutes.

Investigators were called to the scene, and the search for the children began. Numerous acquaintances, friends and school contacts were interviewed. Leads were developed and the children were eventually located at an apartment in the 1200 block of 8th St. The girls were found in the company of two adult males.

Police arrested the male parties, and the girls were reunited with family members. The investigation of this case and interviews with those involved are ongoing, and charges are pending. At this time, the release of the names of those involved is being withheld, pending additional investigation to determine their exact roles in this situation.

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Police Deploy AEDs in Patrol CarsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
9/25/2012 9:24 AMAEDs Deployed to Patrol Cars
In late September, 2012, Greeley Police will begin deploying AEDs, (Automated External Defibrillators) in many of their patrol cars.  The AEDs were purchased, in part, by a grant obtained by the Greeley Fire Department. 
 
“We believe the AEDs simply provide one more tool for us to help our citizens.  That’s why we are here,” said Police Chief Jerry Garner. 
 
Officers have received training on recognizing the need for, and operation of, an AED during events requiring CPR, as a part of the ongoing training the Department provides monthly. Police will now be advised through the dispatch center of calls involving possible cardiac events. While the call will still be the responsibility of medical and fire personnel, officers will respond if they are in the area and available. 
 
According to Greeley Fire Department EMS Coordinator Bill Diershow, statistics have shown that earlier is always better with regard to resuscitation efforts, and often times police are closer than paramedics or fire personnel.  Less than half of the police departments throughout the nation carry AEDs in patrol cars, putting Greeley on the leading edge of this type of program.
 
Depicted in the accompanying images are photos of the Police Department’s AED program coordinator, Officer David Wiles (far left).  Also pictured (from left to right) are several recent recipients of the Departments Life Saving Award, Officers Joe Timm and Doug Medhurst,  Steve Brown.  These three officers used CPR to save the lives of two individuals because they were first at the scene, recognized the symptoms and knew what to do.  
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Prostitution ArrestsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/2/2012 9:15 AM

On April 22nd, 2012, officers of the Greeley Police Department received information indicating two women were advertising and conducting prostitution in their home.  It was also alleged the two year old child of one of the women was living in the home. 

 

An investigation was opened and investigators discovered the women were advertising on “backpage.com.”  May 1, 2012, an undercover investigator contacted the women and arranged an “appointment.”  The investigator arrived and saw the child in the living room of the apartment as the investigator was escorted to the bedroom.  Additional officers and investigators entered the home at this time and arrested a 43 year old female and a 25 year old female, the mother and grandmother of the child in the apartment.  Greeley Police are not releasing the names of those involved to protect the identity of the child involved in this case. 

 

The 43 year old woman was charged with Prostitution and Child Abuse, the other woman was charged with Promoting Sexual Immorality, Keeping a Place of Prostitution, and Child Abuse.  They were booked into the Weld County Jail, and the child was placed with Social Services. 

 

Authority,

 

Susan West, Sergeant

Public Information Officer

Professional Standards

Greeley Police Department

Community Notification MeetingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
5/2/2012 9:13 AM

 

The Greeley Police Department will host a public meeting to provide relevant information and answer questions about a Sexually Violent Predator who recently moved into the community. Information presented at this meeting will also be made available on the Greeley Police Department website following the meeting. Due to the subject matter of the meeting, it is not advisable to bring children. Children under 15 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to attend the meeting. It is strongly encouraged that the appropriate information be shared with children after the meeting.

 

Sex offenders are required by law to notify law enforcement of their residence and law enforcement is authorized to share that information with members of their communities. In the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement is required to notify members of the community of the offender’s address.

 

The offender’s Identity, photo and address will be released at the meeting.

MEETING DATE: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

MEETING TIME: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

MEETING LOCATION:  Greeley Police Department

                                             2875 W. 10th Street

                                             Greeley, CO 80634

 

 

 

Authority,

 

Susan West, Sergeant

Public Information Officer

Professional Standards

Greeley Police Department

2875 W. 10th Street, Greeley, CO 80634 

Community Notification MeetingUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/30/2012 4:37 PM

COMMUNITY NOTIFICATION MEETING

 

The Greeley Police Department will host a public meeting to provide relevant information and answer questions about a Sexually Violent Predator who recently moved into the community. Information presented at this meeting will also be made available on the Greeley Police Department website following the meeting. Due to the subject matter of the meeting, it is not advisable to bring children. Children under 15 unaccompanied by an adult will not be permitted to attend the meeting. It is strongly encouraged that the appropriate information be shared with children after the meeting.

 

Sex offenders are required by law to notify law enforcement of their residence and law enforcement is authorized to share that information with members of their communities. In the case of sexually violent predators, law enforcement is required to notify members of the community of the offender’s address.

 

The offender’s Identity, photo and address will be released at the meeting.

MEETING DATE: Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

MEETING TIME: 5:00pm – 6:00pm

MEETING LOCATION:  Greeley Police Department

                                             2875 W. 10th Street

                                             Greeley, CO 80634

 

 

 

Authority,

 

Susan West, Sergeant

Public Information Officer

Professional Standards

Greeley Police Department

2875 W. 10th Street, Greeley, CO 80634 

Shots Fired in the 1400 Block of 10th StreetUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
4/16/2012 11:30 AM
On Friday, April 13, at approximately 11:30 p.m., the Weld County Communication Center received a call of shots fired in the 1400 block of 10th St. Officers arrived and found a victim inside a residence with 3 gunshot wounds to the leg.

The victim and five friends were in the home when a group of gang members who were hanging out in the area confronted them and attempted to start a fight with them.

The victim and the friends went inside the apartment and few minutes later an unknown suspect(s) fired numerous shots from a handgun into the apartment through the living room window. The victim was transported to North Colorado Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. No other injuries were reported.

The investigation is continuing and anyone with information regarding this case is asked to contact Detective Craig Bollig at 970-350-9602. Additionally, information can be submitted via Crime Tips at the Greeley Police Department’s web http://greeleygov.com/Police/CrimeTips.aspx or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or their website http://northerncolorado.crimestoppersweb.com/about.aspx

Authority,

Susan West, Sergeant
Public Information Officer Professional Standards
Greeley Police Department
2875 W. 10th Street, Greeley, CO 80634
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Arrest of Burglary Suspect in Brentwood NeighborhoodUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/23/2011 4:07 PMRichard Fleming

At about 5:00 a.m. on Tuesday June 22, 2011 Greeley Police responded to the 2300 block of 25th Street Road on report of a burglary that had just occurred.  Officers cordoned the area off, set a perimeter and soon observed a male that matched the description of the suspect carrying a backpack walking down the street about a block and a half away. 

Officers attempted contact and the suspect fled on foot.  A short foot chase through yards resulted in the capture of the suspect and recovery of property reported missing in the burglary in the backpack he was carrying.  Additional property in the backpack included driver’s licenses, credit cards, CD’s, sunglasses, cell phones, cameras, binoculars, and cash in coins and paper money. 

An intensive investigation conducted over the past two days has resulted in the suspect being booked on the following charges:

2’ Burglary (Dwelling)  Felony 3   (2 counts)
1’ Vehicle Theft  Felony 5
1’ Criminal Trespass  Felony 5   (4 counts)
Identity Theft   Felony 4   (5 counts)
Possession Burglary Tools Felony 6
Theft    Misd. 1     (4 counts)
Criminal Mischief  Misd. 1    
Parole Violation  Hold – No Bond
Warrant – State of Virginia   No Bond – Burglary Charge

The suspect was found to be on Parole for burglary, and had an active warrant out of Virginia Beach, Virginia for burglary, as well.

The suspect is identified as:

Richard Albert Fleming, Jr.    DOB   070878
Evans, Colorado

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Auto Prowl Ring Targeted Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
6/23/2011 3:56 PM
Over the past five weeks an investigation into an organized group of local individuals has been ongoing with initial arrests coming this past weekend resulting in two search warrants and a substantial recovery of property taken in numerous vehicle trespass cases in the Greeley area.

The Greeley Police Department Special Enforcement Team (S.E.T.) initiated the investigation in the beginning of May when a pattern of victim vehicles was detected and a special investigation began.

The investigation culminated in the arrest of two individuals who were under surveillance when they broke into a vehicle in the Frontier School parking lot while a baseball game was under way at the field. The owners of the victim vehicle reported they were missing a laptop computer, an I-Pod and a purse. Officers continued to watch the suspects and eventually made contact with them in the 3400 block of 34th Street. Property identified as that taken from the vehicle in the parking lot at Frontier School was located inside the suspect vehicle.

Arrested from the vehicle were:

Ernesto J. Castanuela DOB 052081
Platteville, Colorado

Kimberly Nunez DOB 101979
Greeley, Colorado

Castanuela was booked in on a total of eleven (11) charges and is being held at WCSO jail on $131,000.00 bond. Nunez was booked in on five charges and has a $10,000.00 bond. Additional arrests are anticipated.

Throughout the investigation various units within the Department were involved in the investigation with extensive surveillance and evidence collection. Information was developed that indicates this group may have been active in the Denver metro area as well, and information is being shared with jurisdictions that have had similar cases occur in their jurisdiction. As a result of the two search warrants over one hundred purses, wallets, electronic devices, laptops and cameras were recovered and can be viewed on line at :

http://greeleygov.com/police/recovered.aspx

If you have been a victim of vehicle trespass in the recent past, you can view the recovered property, and can send an inquiry about any specific items to:

Jared.weeks@greeleypd.com
or
Adam.turk@greeleypd.com

Another method to obtain this information is through the City of Greeley Website and click on the links provided on this case.