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If you have any information about these crimes or any person(s) involved, you are urged to call Crime Stoppers at or submit a Web Tip .  You do not have to give your name.  CRIME STOPPERS will pay a cash reward of up to $500 and you can remain anonymous. 

 The below listed information was correct and current at the time of publishing, but may no longer be current or correct at the time when read.


5/9/2016 - Door to Door salesmen

Selling door to door? Make Sure You Have a License 
May 5, 2016

According to Chief Pacheco:

In response to a social media posting about suspicious persons selling satellite television services door to door, Rock Springs Police Department is issuing an advisory to those individuals in door to door sales to ensure that you have a valid city peddler’s license.

The Rock Springs Police Department was advised of a post circulating on social media this week advising Sweetwater County residents to be aware of a suspicious person that was selling television services in the area.

Through speaking with a member of Dish Network’s Fraud team, they are not able to verify employees in the area because numerous employees are hired through third party companies to sell the services. However, in the city of Rock Springs all door to door sales must be conducted after obtaining a peddler’s license.

As a safeguard, if someone comes to your residence selling services or items, always ask to see their peddler’s license. Additionally, if you are suspicious or have other concerns please call law enforcement for assistance on our non-emergency line at 307-352-1575.

Additionally. as a salesperson, ensure you have applied for the proper peddler’s license to avoid issues with law enforcement.

Rock Springs Police Department encourages citizens to always ask for identification if companies show up at your residence without scheduling an appointment or a service call.

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2/10/2016 - Scam Operating in Sweetwater County

The video below is an example of a scam that has shown up in Sweetwater County. The officer shown is from a Texas Department and not from a local law enforcement agency.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4sy2-SMhL8

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10/21/2015 - RSPD Seeks Help in Identifying Suspects in Recent Business Burglaries
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According to Chief Dwane Pacheco:

In the early morning of October 21st, officers responded to multiple businesses that had been broken into.

Rock Springs Police Department is seeking help in identifying suspects that were caught on surveillance cameras.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, no further information is available at this time.

If you have information regarding the person or vehicle in the photos, or any information regarding these incidents please contact Detective Schoenfeld at 307-352-1588, message Rock Springs Police Department’s Facebook page, or if you prefer to be anonymous call Sweetwater Crimestoppers TIPS hotline (307-362-8477).

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5/7/2015 - RSPD Reminds Residents About ATV Laws
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Rock Springs Police Chief Dwane Pacheco wants to remind everyone who enjoys the great outdoors, and who drive 4-wheelers, dirt bikes, or ORV’s (off road Vehicles) that it is illegal to drive these vehicles on a public roadways without being properly licensed, registered, and have proper insurance while within the City of Rock Springs.

Each year we have numerous complaints of this happening. It is also illegal to operate these vehicles within 300 ft. of a residential area. By doing so it creates a problems such as noise and dust for the local homeowners.

Chief Pacheco requests that if you do drive these vehicles, to do so in a safe and courteous and legal manner when within the Rock Springs city limits.

RS City Ord. 3-307(p) Regulating Vehicular Traffic in Roadless Areas.

No person shall ride, drive, operate or propel (other than by human power) a motor vehicle on a roadless area within three hundred feet (Buffer Zone) of a business or residence. Roadless areas shall mean those areas within the City, which are not properly dedicated or established streets or alley, and have not been otherwise developed or improved. The three hundred foot Buffer Zone may be used by motor vehicles for immediate ingress or egress to/from the roadless area intended for vehicle operation. The motor vehicle shall not exceed 5 mph in said Buffer Zone

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7/28/2014 - EZ Cash Robbery
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This week Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers asking for help in solving a robbery at a local business in Rock Springs. On Monday morning 7-28-14, about 8:40am, a white male believed to be in his 20’s, approx. 6’ tall and about 225 lbs. wearing a dark colored shoulder length wig, with short beard and moustache, entered the EZ CASH store on Foothill Blvd. The man asked for their money, and then after getting the money, left the store on foot towards the K-mart area. He was last seen wearing a dark colored baseball type hat, a white t-shirt and jeans with a black colored jacket.

 

If you were in the area around that time and saw something that might help this case, or have information leading to the arrests of this criminal, please contact Det. Amanda Salazar at the RSPD 352-1588.  Or Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers at sweetwatertips.com.

     

Remember that you can always remain anonymous and your information could lead to a cash reward.

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7/7/2014 - Auto Burglaries
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This week Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers has been asked to help Rock Springs Police Dept. There has been a recent rash of Auto Burglaries lately in the east end of Rock Springs trailer courts. It appears that kids, late at night, have been going through unlocked vehicles and taking items of value and money. 

   

We would like to remind citizens to lock their doors, take their keys, and to not leave valuables in plain sight in their car. If you should see anything suspicious call police immediately. 

        

If you have any information on who is doing these burglaries, or any other crime in the Sweetwater County area, please contact your local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers @ sweetwatertips.com.

 

Crime Stoppers is a local Non-profit Organization comprised of local citizens and business people who care about our community. We work with all 3 law enforcement agencies in Sweetwater County. (The Sheriff’s Office, Rock Springs Police Dept., and Green River Police Dept.) In an effort to help keep our communities a safer place to live.

 

Be sure to stop by our booth at International Days this Sat. July 12th, at Bunning Park in Rock Springs.

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4/21/2014 - Wanted
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 This week Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers is helping out on an older case from the files of the

Green River Police Dept.  We are looking for a former resident of Green River who was charged with 23+

Counts of Animal violations, and has an active warrant in the Green River Municipal Court.

 

 Her name is Jill Morales. Ms. Morales is approx. 50 years of age. It is believed that Ms. Morales is currently a truck driver who sometimes still comes through Green River. She may claim her current address in Texas. If you have any information on this case, please contact your local law enforcement agency or Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers @ sweetwatertips.com. Also check us out on Facebook. We try to keep it a good resource to help keep our communities a safer place to live, and we hope you will “Like” it.

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9/23/2013 - Donation bin thief/thieves

It has been brought to our attention that unknown people have been stealing from the local charities.

 

This week Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers is asking the public for information and help in locating anyone who has been stealing from the local religious donation businesses. Apparently unknown person/persons are taking the items left for donation in the donation boxes during the night, and from the stores during the daytime.

 

According to one of these non-profit businesses, they say that they are here to help the community.

That if people are truly in need, they can just come in and ask for the help. That is what we are here for.

They went on to say that they would be glad to do what they can, but when people just take things that

don’t belong to them, it’s just plain stealing!

 

If you have any information on this crime or any other crime in the community, Please,

Contact your local law enforcement or Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers @ sweetwatertips.com

Serving all of Sweetwater County, Rock Springs and Green River. Helping to keep our community safer.

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9/9/2013 - Wyoming authorities search for escaped inmate
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Kenneth James Ward escaped from authorities on Saturday, August 13, 2013, near Independence Rock between Casper and Rawlins Wyoming. He was being transported back to Wyoming after being apprehended in Mexico. Ward has a history of violence and shouldn’t be approached. He is wanted for Felony Larceny in the theft of items and vehicles valued at over $100, 000. He has previous ties to Sweetwater County and Wamsutter, and could still be in the area.

If you have any information on Kenneth Ward, or any other crime, please contact your local law enforcement agency or Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers @ sweetwatertips.com.

Remember you may remain anonymous, and your information could lead to a cash reward.

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8/5/2013 - Board members needed

 This week Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers is asking for help

from the community business people. We are looking for a few concerned

businesses to contribute a couple hours a month and serve on our board.

 

The board meets once a month on the second Thursday  for about an

hour in the afternoon. This is a good chance for someone to help

contribute to the community, and continue to help us catch criminals that

might otherwise go uncaught.  

  

This is open to all of the Sweetwater county area, including Rock Springs

and Green River. Sweetwater Citizens Crime Stoppers is a stand alone

non-profit 503 c organization, and as such, works on donations from the local businesses.

 

For more information, check out our website at “sweetwatertips.com”

Or you can contact our coordinator, Randy Hanson at the RSPD (352-1575)

 

Sweetwater Citizens Crime stoppers believes that when a crime is committed someone in the community has information of that crime, but for some reason doesn’t let officials know about it. We offer an anonymous access to the public for just such information, and the tipster may remain anonymous, and may even be eligible for a cash reward.

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