Last November, when we first wrote about Brandon Campbell, we declared him an ideal Schmuck of the Week candidate. Too bad news had broken about his moronic crimes -- robbing homes wearing a GPS monitor -- long before Friday, when our latest Schmucks are announced. Fortunately, Campbell has given u ... More >>
Here's an example of schmucky logic: A person who was just robbed will have to replace the items taken -- so why not swipe stuff from someone and then sell it back to him or her? After all, you know they need it. Answer: Because the guy or gal will recognize the stuff and call the cops -- which is ... More >>
Although details are few about Colorado medical marijuana dispensary raids yesterday, we're learning more from warrants that name ten "target subjects." These individuals allegedly violated one or more of the eight priorities listed in an August memo guiding U.S. Attorneys in dealing with state pot ... More >>
It's been a long, long 25 years since Donny Andrews, barely out of his teens, ended up behind bars for a string of burglaries he embarked upon to support his cocaine habit. But that quarter-century represents less than a third of the sentence heaped on Andrews, one of the harshest punishments of its ... More >>
The Denver City Council has agreed to consider a ban on recreational marijuana businesses in April, joining dozens of Colorado cities and counties mulling similar proposals. In addition, it's Amendment 64 Special Issues Committee will put proposed Denver regulations on hold until spring, so it can c ... More >>
This year has seen some random -- and downright nutty -- food heists. Stealing enormous amounts of edibles is a strange crime, especially since rarely are the thefts committed to feed starving people or to make significant political statements. What sort of greedy, soulless riffraff steals pilfers f ... More >>
The scene at Jugz Sports Tavern should have been celebratory last night. After all, the bar caters to Broncos fans, and earlier in the day, Denver defeated Tampa Bay for the team's seventh straight victory. But that was before two police officers confronted Marcus Ray Martinez, a 27-year-old car the ... More >>
Erik Osborn wanted to be a big-time developer, but his plans almost landed him in the big house. In 2009, a group of high-profile investors -- including Dealin' Doug Moreland -- accused Osborn of stealing $255,000 intended for the pricey One Lincoln Park condominium complex downtown and another proj ... More >>
Big pic below.Lobbyist Ronald Smith has rubbed shoulders with plenty of important politicos, including Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper -- but he could soon find himself keeping company with a more captive crowd. He faces nearly two decades in stir after being found guilty of bizarre retri ... More >>
Travis Forbes.Travis Forbes, a self-described suspect in the April 1 disappearance of Kenia Monge, nineteen, has been arrested -- but not for a crime related to Monge. Instead, he was busted in Austin, Texas, for car theft. According to the Wheat Ridge Police Department, the car Forbes was d ... More >>
Big pic below.Update: Earlier, we noted that William Lornes, 24, was being held for car theft but wondered if accusations related to a Cherry Creek Shopping Center kidnapping were on the way. Instead, such charges have been preceded by a first-degree murder beef linked to the homicide of Gera ... More >>
It may not compare to HAL -- the sentient computer from 2001: A Space Odyssey who could carry on a conversation, read lips, enjoy art and feel emotions. But a laptop stolen in January may turn out to be a nemesis for the person who took it.
Christmas can be intense: Rife with familial undercurrents and financial strain, the yuletide can bring a time of crushing disappointment, dissolving relationships, mounting tension and exploding tempers -- but if we open our hearts and we wish hard enough, it just might also be a time of red ... More >>
Large photos below.Update: The victim of a Friday homicide at Aurora's Crestwood Suites has been identified as Michael Pinkus, 51. He owned a residence that was burglarized on East Baltic Circle -- the crime that led police to discovery his body. Also ID'd is a man accused of taking part in t ... More >>
Large photos below.You know times are tough when stealing heavy storm grates for their scrap value seems like a reasonable way to make money. But that's what the folks at the Denver Police Department think Richard Goodface and Duane Brown have been doing. They've both been booked on investiga ... More >>
Zakee Toliver, "%^@$# with my computer"Police have arrested two teenagers suspected of a string of burglaries in Park Hill. Nineteen-year-old Zakee Toliver and his unnamed, seventeen-year-old buddy are being held for investigation of burglary. The pair allegedly broke into more than a dozen ... More >>
Did Flat Stanley have an alibi?To be a good burglar, a person needs stealth, toughness and a faulty moral compass. But apparently being bizarrely thin helps, too. According to the Colorado Springs Police Department, a medical marijuana dispensary located at the posted address of Colorado Can ... More >>
Robert John Burns Jr. had some inside dope about firefighters."That Fireman Who Wants Your Drugs May Not Be a Fireman," published back in February, noted that drugs had been stolen from ambulances at two Westminster fire stations, along with uniforms. Similar burglaries were reported at anoth ... More >>
"You know I'm watching you steal Me, don't you?"Thieves tend to swipe items that are easy to fence, like TVs and other electronic gadgets. So does that mean there's suddenly a market for giant bronze crosses? Doubt it -- and that's what has the Lakewood Police Department worried. On Tuesday, ... More >>
Upon reading the "go fast beer at mice" message spelled out on the Sloan Lake-area sign in the above photograph, I was confused. Immediately I imagined that it might be advertising a new instant-pick lottery game based on a popular smart phone application that allowed gamers to fling mugs o ... More >>
"Sorry, officer. I didn't realize it was your Glock..."There are pros and cons to burglarizing a police officer, as someone did in Northglenn on Friday; a loaded Glock 26 handgun and a friend's 2005 PT Cruiser were among the items swiped. On the positive side, you gain legendary status among ... More >>
A Flickr photoYou don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to track these prints...Congratulations, Patrick Moat, Ryan Spear and Brian Coshnitzke. You've just put your marks in the History of Stupid Criminals -- marks shaped like the footprints in the snow police were able to follow to your door. Gr ... More >>
Humongous scaffolding being dismantled from entrance to the Hamilton wing I was walking past the Denver Art Museum yesterday and almost couldn't believe my eyes. After seven months of confusing tourists and getting ripped apart by hippie art thieves, the gargantuan construction scaffolding ... More >>
On second thought, the Altima is a pretty sweet ride....There are a lot of things for which most of us would put our lives on the line. Our country. Our loved ones. Giant canvas bags filled with unmarked bills. But a '95 Nissan? Most of us would just bid that sucker farewell -- but not Ryan C ... More >>
"Bob? Where are you, Bob?"Crime must not be rampant in Boulder right now -- because the police department there has time to produce a composite sketch and send out a press release on an incident that won't exactly make aging members of the Manson family wish they'd tried something similar. Ye ... More >>
Juan Cerezo-Flores, who's allegedly fond of drawers full of drawers.Underwear. It's special. Special feel. Special aroma. Because, when people wear it, the fabric touches their junk. According to Denver District Attorney, Juan Cerezo-Flores, 45, has an appreciation for these qualities -- esp ... More >>
Governor James H. Peabody.What's the best way to mark Colorado Day? Should we go outside and contemplate nature? Pet a cow instead of eating one? Or listen to John Denver albums until your brain begins to boil and your ears erupt in pustules? Not according to the citizens behind Colorado Ethi ... More >>
denvergov.org Yesterday, a woman who works as a hair stylist in LoDo complained to me about a rash of recent bike thefts in the area. Indeed, a quick check of Denver Police reports since Tuesday shows that at least six people who locked up their bikes near 17th and Wynkoop, and 16th and Market, ret ... More >>
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