Police Blotter

Police are investigating after a man reportedly passed some counterfeit $100 bills at Smith’s Food and Drug. The store’s accountant found the fake bills Aug. 20, the day after the suspect used them in the store, at Starbucks inside the store and at the gas station in front of the store. Jackson police detectives are reviewing video to find the man’s description, according to Detective Sgt. Russ Ruschill.

Officers were called to Albertsons around 5 a.m. on Saturday for a complaint of several RVs illegally camping in the grocery store’s parking lot. While waking the trespassers to move along police came across a Vermont man who allegedly had a felony amount of marijuana and a misdemeanor amount of cocaine in his vehicle. The 26-year-old was arrested.

A 39-year-old Jackson resident was arrested for DUI Sunday. He blew a .31%. It’s his second drunk driving offense in 10 years, Ruschill said.

Police arrested a woman Sunday after she confessed to stealing a hotel guest’s laptop while cleaning her room. The victim realized she was missing her computer after checking out of the Jackson hotel. She used the “find my iPhone” app and saw it was still at the hotel. The app also alerted that it had been opened a few times, Ruschill said. An officer asked to search the room of the employee who cleaned the victim’s room. She agreed, and on the way there, police said, she admitted taking the computer. The 38-year-old was arrested for felony theft.

Last week a former hotel employee was caught stealing Jose Cuervo, Sailor Jerry and other liquor advertisement signs from his former workplace. The man was seen leaving the scene with the signs after having forced his way into a storage room, Ruschill said. The Teton County Sheriff’s Office encountered the man driving south of town, recovered the stolen signs and arrested the 45-year-old Alpine man for burglary.

A teenage girl was cited Thursday around 11:30 p.m. after deputies got a call about an explosion or illegal fireworks going off near Hoback, according to Teton County Sheriff’s Sgt. Clay Platt. The 19-year-old told investigators she didn’t know fireworks were illegal in Teton County. She said she set one off and burned her leg slightly. The teen was cited for being a minor under the influence and warned about the fireworks.

An 18-year-old was cited by county deputies on Aug. 18 after they caught him and a 17-year-old girl smoking pot south of town, Platt said.

Sheriff’s deputies cited a 39-year-old Utah man on Aug. 19 just before 2 p.m. after stopping him for speeding. When the man got into his console to get his insurance card the deputy noticed a marijuana grinder, Platt said. He was cited for possession and speeding.

Deputies stopped a car on Saturday on South Highway 89 around 1 a.m. for not maintaining its lane. The 41-year-old was arrested for DUI and blew a .17% at the Teton County Jail.

A 40-year-old Jackson man was arrested for DUI Sunday on Highway 22 around 12:30 a.m. for swerving and failing to dim his brights. He refused a breath test and a judge’s search warrant for his blood, so he was also charged with interference.

Information in the police blotter is gathered from law enforcement agencies, county courts and sometimes radio dispatch and witnesses. Those jailed are charged, not convicted. — Eds.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and emergency news. She also leads the News&Guide’s investigative efforts. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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