For Immediate Release
Cell Tower Copper Theft
Viaero Wireless was victimized for the third time in just a few months in the early morning hours of Monday, March 3rd. The Yuma County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to Yuma County roads U and 31 after Viaero’s automated security system was triggered. When Sheriff’s Deputies arrived just after 2 A.M., they found that a large quantity of wire had been removed through a junction box connected to the tower. It appears that the unknown suspects in this case used a vehicle to pull the wire off of the tower site. Evidence was collected from the scene as well as from the county road a few miles away.
On December 3rd, this same site was stripped, and on February 20th, a tower was stripped in the same way at Yuma County roads D and 54. These kinds of tower sites have been targets for metal thieves for the last couple of years in Morgan and Washington counties, but these are the first reported incidents like this in Yuma County.
Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day asks that county residents be diligent and aware of suspicious vehicles, especially near these tower sites, and to report any suspicious activity to 332-4805. Viaero is considering using a different, less valuable material as replacement wire at these sites. They have been a major target across the region for these thieves.
Keep an eye out for this case in the upcoming crimestoppers listing.
End of Release
Yuma County Sheriff Chad Day, who was recently elected to the County Sheriffs of Colorado board of directors, announced today that County Sheriffs of Colorado, the state Sheriffs Association, will award a $500 scholarship to a deserving Yuma County student this coming spring. CSOC established the scholarship program in 1978. Since then, this effort has continued as a meaningful expression of the sheriffs’ confidence in and respect for education and training. Sheriff Day and CSOC considers this an investment in the future and believes that these funds are helping to provide deserving students with an opportunity to make a positive contribution to society.
Scholarship announcements have been mailed to all high school offices in the eligible counties and to all Colorado higher education institutions. Applications are available online at www.csoc.org, yumacountysheriff.net, or at the Yuma County Sheriff’s office in the courthouse in Wray.
This is the 35th year that County Sheriffs of Colorado has made such scholarships available. A scholarship will be awarded in more than thirty Colorado counties this year. Applications will be reviewed by a local citizens committee appointed by Sheriff Day, and a selection will be made on the basis of criteria established by CSOC.
This criterion includes leadership, merit, character, involvement and career purpose.Any legal permanent resident of Yuma County enrolled in, or applying to, a vocational training program or institution of higher learning in the State of Colorado as a full- or part-time student is eligible to apply. Thereare no restrictions as to the course of study or training which may be pursued, and no restrictions are placed upon applications by reason of race, creed, age, sex or national origin.
For more information, contact your local high school, college, the Yuma County Sheriff’s office or County Sheriffs of Colorado.
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Property Crimes have been noticeably on the rise for the past two years or so. Remote rural properties have been particularly vulnerable. There have been a high number of burglary and theft cases, and many that go unreported. Most of the cases that are reported involve losses of multiple thousands of dollars worth of property including trailers, vehicles, valuable metal, equipment and tools, grain, livestock, and fuel.
Sheriff Day is offering a couple of classes this month where Yuma county residents are invited to come hear and discuss some strategies that could decrease a property owner’s probability of being victimized by these kinds of crimes.
Blackwolf Emergency Prep, a local vendor, will be on hand to provide access to some products for that purpose.
The classes will be held at the election center across from the courthouse in Wray on January 25th, and at the ambulance barn in Yuma on February 1st. Both dates will begin at 9:30 and shouldn’t go past noon. The sessions are free of charge, and everyone is invited to come.