Edgewater Police Report: 5/8/2016-5/22/2016

From Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey:

Alert neighbors and strong teamwork – Looking for Red Jeep Cherokee 

On May 22 at about 12:40 AM Edgewater Corporal Geerdes responded to a report of an attempted auto theft in the area of 28th and Harlan St. Residents had caught a juvenile female and male in one of their vehicles. The residents held onto the female although the male fled in a red Jeep Cherokee. The investigation revealed that the attempted auto theft occurred in Wheat Ridge and Officers from that agency responded and took over the investigation.

At about 12:50 AM an Edgewater resident called 911 to report two suspicious juvenile males in her backyard in the 2000 block of Newland St. Due to Edgewater Officers being unavailable, Officers from Lakeside and Mountain view responded to assist with the call. The suspicious males fled the backyard but were individually caught by the responding officers a short distance away, and subsequently turned over to Edgewater Corporal Geerdes. Both juveniles had outstanding felony warrants for their arrest and were familiar with Corporal Geerdes. Corporal Geerdes subsequently learned that the two juveniles had been fleeing the Lakewood Police at the time dispatch was notified of them being in the backyard. Subsequent investigation revealed that the two juveniles had been involved in a vehicle break-in in the 1800 block of Newland St. in Lakewood where a large bag of marijuana was stolen. Corporal Geerdes was able to locate the large bag of marijuana in the area and notified Lakewood Police who subsequently responded and took custody of the bag. Corporal Geerdes also located a separate Subaru key that the juvenile indicated that he “found” – this key will be compared to that which was taken from an Edgewater vehicle break-in a couple of weeks ago. The two juveniles which had previously been expelled from Jefferson High School and have transient living situations were both lodged in the juvenile detention center.

Thank you to our neighbors who called the police on all three of these situations and for the excellent teamwork amongst officers from the Wheat Ridge, Mountain View, Lakeside, Edgewater and Lakewood Police Departments! Great job!

Driving Under the Influence and Possession of a Controlled Substance:
On 5/13/2016 at about 230 AM Corporal Geerdes stopped a vehicle in the 2400 block of Harlan St. Cpl. Geerdes observed that the female driver appeared to be intoxicated and she was later arrested for DUI and upon an inventory of her property Cpl. Geerdes located 4.3g of Cocaine.— Great job!

Stolen Vehicles

Edgewater Officers received no reports of stolen vehicles this report period.


Edgewater Officers arrested 7 persons for DUI over this reporting period:
20 year old male Wheat Ridge resident.
34 year old male Westminster resident.
38 year old male Denver resident.
37 year old male Arvada resident
25 year old female Edgewater resident
30 year old male Denver resident.
42 year old female Lakewood resident.

Residential Burglaries

5/14/ – 5/15 2200 block of Lamar St. Entry was gained by breaking a window – nothing was taken as home is under renovation.
5/17 1:30 – 2PM 1900 block of Gray St. Back door to home was kicked in and suspect(s) took two televisions and jewelry.


Edgewater Officers received several reports of shoplifting at local stores this report period.

14 year old female Edgewater resident.
36 year old male Denver resident
23 year old male Virginia resident
29 year old male Texas resident.

Traffic Issues

Edgewater Officers performed about 122 traffic stops for traffic enforcement during the course of this reporting period. Drivers were contacted for speeding, careless driving, red light violations, turn violations, failing to signal, reckless driving, following too closely, parking violations, abandoned vehicles, weaving, expired plates, registration violations, suspensions, denials and revocations, and multiple traffic accidents.
The radar trailer was used for the Edgewater 5k on Saturday, so that the 125 runners could learn their speed along southbound Chase St. Our Radar Trailer Volunteer Frank Kyper reports that the top running speed for the event was 11 mph! The trailer is deployed regularly throughout the city and will be in the 6700 block of W. 24th through this weekend and had been requested and was placed in the 2100 block of Lamar Street at the start of this reporting period. If you are interested in having the radar trailer put in your neighborhood, please call the Police Volunteer Line – 720-763-3015, or Volunteers@Edgewaterpd.com

Calls for Service

Edgewater Officers additionally responded to calls involving medical assists, trespassing, child abuse, runaways, alarms, civil assists, noise complaints, criminal mischief, harassment, suspicious persons, disturbances, welfare checks, animals at large, barking dogs, welfare checks, juvenile problems, thefts, unwanted persons, intoxicated persons, found property, domestic violence, assault, criminal mischiefs, and multiple warrant arrests. Edgewater Officers self-initiated and responded to about 391 various calls this reporting period – thank you neighbors for notifying our dispatch center at 303-271-0211 for the many calls and for our Edgewater Officers for their fine work during two very busy weeks!

Thank You Notes from Neighbors – Kudo’s

Thank you so much to all the Edgewater Police Officers who helped with the Edgewater 5k on Saturday! Your presence all along the race course made sure that our runners were safe and had an enjoyable time in our great city. One of the teachers from Denver who led one of the elementary school race teams was so impressed by our officers and how they enthusiastically followed the last runners and made sure they were supported. Thank you Edgewater Police Department!

I am writing this email in response to the outstanding customer relations that was provided from Corporal Nesbitt. This happened this past Wednesday. My son who lives in Edgewater on Gray Street had forgotten to remove his vehicle before he left for work that morning. He is a Paramedic stationed at the Boulder Fire Department. He received a call from Corporal Nesbitt that his car needed to be removed due to the street getting ready for pavement, and that it was going to be towed. Corporal Nesbitt told him that if we could get someone there he would hold off as long as he could in towing the vehicle. I arrived and didn’t have the right key to the vehicle. Corporal Nesbitt informed me that he would just tow the vehicle down the street to the fire station. What a surprise that he would do that! I commend Corporal Nesbitt and your department! You are great!

Kudo’s to Officer Challis and Chief Mackey for their participation in this weekend’s Finley Hockey Tournament in Lakewood. Reggie Finley, a Boulder Firefighter lost his wife and child in a DUI traffic accident several years ago, and local police and fire hold a benefit tournament for the Colorado State Patrol “Alive at 25” Traffic Safety program.

Benefits such as these between our public safety personnel often lead to lifetime associations which often contributes to better service to our communities. On a happy note, Reggie Finley met his recent and future bride, Kelly Young through these types of benefits. Kelly is the Colorado President of COPS – Concern of Police Officer Survivors and the widow of slain Denver Police Officer Donnie Young.

Neighbor’s notes and “Kudo’s” are placed in the lobby of the police station and placed in the respective officer’s personnel files – thanks for sharing!

Contact Person:
Chief John Mackey
720-763-3000 – Jmackey@edgewaterpd.com

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