Westminster Police Briefs

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Theft: A 20-year-old Aurora woman was arrested Aug. 17 at Wal-Mart at 9499 Sheridan Blvd. after trying to steal a $98 sound system.

A loss prevention officer said the woman took the item off a display shelf and walked straight to the service desk with it.

Since she had no receipt, her attempt to return it was turned down.

She then walked to the exit doors with the unpaid merchandise. She was issued a summons and later released.

Neglect of animals, cruelty to animals, sanitation, rabies vaccination required, dog license required: An officer was dispatched Aug. 16 at 2:20 p.m. to the 9400 block of Brentwood Street in reference to an animal neglect.

It was learned the 61-year-old woman who lived at that address had been gone for two weeks on vacation, leaving her dog home alone without supervision or care.

The reporting party said the dog – a white and tan Chihuahua – was in an upstairs window and barking excessively.

The officer observed what appeared to be large amounts of trash through the window. Through a records search, the homeowner’s identity was learned.

The officer left a message on the woman’s voicemail and posted a written warning on the front door advising of the complaint, and requested that she call within 24 hours to verify her dog’s welfare. The next day, the officer drove by numerous times and saw that there was still nobody home and the posted notice was still on the front door.

The woman’s employer was contacted and said she was expected back at work on Aug. 18.

The officer drive to the residence that day and saw a car in the driveway. The woman came to the front door when the officer knocked and said she had been away on vacation, but that someone was taking care of her animals while she was gone.

The officer noted a strong stench of urine and feces coming from inside the home, and saw that the home’s interior was filled with trash and clutter. The walls were stained with dirt and grime.

The officer saw a Chihuahua with very long nails and a Siamese cat that appeared to be in good health.

The woman said her dog was 14 years old and never let her cut its nails. She said she had vaccination paperwork for her animals, but didn’t know where they were. She admitted the dog was not licensed with the city.

The officer issued the woman a summons for the above charges and advised her to get her dog’s nails professionally trimmed prior to her court date.

She was also instructed to have both her pets vaccinated and the dog licensed.

Theft: Two juveniles were arrested Aug. 15 at 4:32 p.m. when they tried to steal $70.25 worth of merchandise from Wal-Mart at 7144 Sheridan Blvd. Both were issued summonses and later released.

Theft: An 18-year-old Federal Heights man was arrested Aug. 12. at 1:25 p.m. when he tried to steal $17.84 in merchandise from King Soopers at 10351 Federal Blvd.

He was issued a summons and later released.

Items in the police reports are compiled from public information contained in police department records. Charges or citations listed don’t imply guilt or innocence, and all people are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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