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Police Beat: Feb. 5, 2009

Sunday, Jan. 18
Another case of hit and run was reported in the 1300 block of N. Fourth St. It appears the suspect vehicle struck the driver’s side rear fender of a 1998 Toyota Camry while backing of the adjacent parking space and left the scene without leaving any identifying information.

Monday, Jan.19
A resident of the 800 block of Bruce Ave. reported that someone entered his unlocked vehicle and stole his Cobra radar detector which was in plain sight on the dash. There are no known suspects at this time.
Friday, Jan 23
A 1987 Ford pick-up parked at Berthoud Self Storage caught fire and the vehicle was totaled. Police contacted the owner who said that he used the truck only once in a while to camp and that white smoke had been coming from the truck that morning when he drove it to the storage site. The fire investigator determined the likely cause was a defective speed control device on the engine. The device was lying on the ground and appeared to be burned more than the rest of engine. A Ford moving truck and a trailer parked next to the pick-up received some minor damage.

There was a dual theft at the Berthoud Community Center while the Berthoud Wrestling Club was having a weigh in. The first call reported that the moneybag containing checks written to the wrestling club was missing from a box on the table. While investigating the missing moneybag the officer was contacted about a stolen purse. Neither of the two wrestling club volunteers saw anyone suspicious in the area at the time.

Wednesday, Jan 28
Amy Schmidt of Severance was apparently in a hurry while driving south on First Street. As she approached County Road 10, she crossed the double yellow line to pass the car in front of her. At the same time, another southbound vehicle in front of her was making a left turn onto County Road 10. Schmidt’s Dodge Ram 2500 was struck on the passenger side door by the turning Jeep Cherokee causing damage to the truck’s doors. She was also cited for improper passing.

Berthoud and Loveland Dispatch are still working on the ability to print summary reports from the new dispatch system. Until the reports can be printed we will be providing information only from completed reports.

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