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The ski ball of misfortune

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By The Staff

The ski ball of misfortune

SOUTHWEST JEFFCO — Things turned bad quickly at a local fun-plex when a longtime employee was fired for allegedly “mishandling finances and credit cards.” Deputies were dispatched upon news that the employee caused a scene at the establishment, first confronting the manager behind closed doors by shouting and threatening to beat him up. The terminated worker then went into the business’ public area and treated customers to an obscenity-laced tirade. On the bright side, the guy was headed toward the front door. Aside from a few bruised eardrums, no further incidents were reported. The man departed and was told he could never return for the brand of family entertainment his former business offers. No charges were pressed, but the incident was reported for informational purposes (you know, since getting the word out about hysterical ex-employees is never a bad idea).

You’re letting all the heat out

SOUTHWEST JEFFCO — Remember those childhood days, when thoughts of closing doors and windows seemed irrelevant aside from the mysterious warnings that all the heat would make a grand escape? Well, that old axiom still applies, and closing those doors can sometimes keep property from escaping as well. One local reported a missing iPod digital music player stolen, from all places, his car, which was sitting, coincidentally enough, in his garage. Somehow the resident’s garage door had not closed the night before. There were no suspects, nor was there any damage reported. Just the loss of a shiny — and expensive — music player.

Dude, where’s my cell?

SOUTHWEST JEFFCO — It goes without saying that people, like many other living beings, are attracted to shiny, pretty-looking objects. And, if not shiny, at least something that represents cold, hard cash. See a penny on the ground, pick it up. No harm done. There are some, however, that take the concept to extremes by risking criminal conviction and public embarrassment for the sake of snagging something that isn’t theirs. One recent victim ran into a local membership-based, bulk-supply store to stock up on mountains of toilet paper and potato chips. At some point between that first shopping center and a nearby drugstore, she noticed her checkbook had gone missing from its usual space in the car’s center console. While she was only in the store for 20 minutes, and claimed to always lock her doors, there was no sign of her checks, which understandably caused some concern. She verified that the checkbook wasn’t found at any previous place she visited, and the victim and her husband searched the vehicle multiple times. No checkbook. The suspect told deputies she believed someone to have snuck into her vehicle while she stepped away, grabbing the checkbook. Nothing else was missing, and no suspicious activity was reported in her bank account.

Something fishy at the world of liquor

SOUTHWEST JEFFCO — Deputies were dispatched late Jan. 14 to a liquor store still under construction near C-470 on a report of suspicious activity. A security officer reported a trespasser who ran away from him and into the building. There appeared to be no harm done to the building, obviously, since there was no liquor for the suspect to imbibe while hiding. Upon further investigation, the security officer said he only saw the man run along the west side of the building before disappearing into the cold night.