Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Man Arrested With Meth After Leading Deputy on Foot Chase

Dennis Nelles, 48, of Clifton

Man Leads Deputy On Game of Hide and Go Seek After Shoplifting 

Written by: Katie, MCSO Intern

Clifton, Colo. — A small errand to pick up security footage from the Clifton City Market turned into a foot pursuit for one of our MCSO Deputies on Monday, June 16, 2014.

Dennis Nelles, 48, of Clifton, Colorado had been under suspicion of stealing from the City Market store for the past couple of days according to a Lost Prevention worker, J. Cooper. Cooper stated in the deputies report that she believes, "he has robbed them "thousands" in electronics over past time."

While the deputy and LP worker were talking about the man, Nelles then exited the building— he was told to stop by Cooper. Nelles then looked back at the deputy and Cooper, and began to flee west on foot. He was told to stop, and informed that he was under arrest and told to show his hands to the deputy. After running through business complexes, and residential private property two different times, where it was believed he entered a private residence. After dispatch was able to locate a phone contact for the owner, the deputy was given permission to check the home for Nelles.

The man was found hiding under trash against the house in the area, just before where he had jumped the fence. He was then searched incident-to-arrest, and on his person was a man's billfold. Inside the billfold were credit cards, pawn slips and a few green zip-lock baggies. The credit card information was not Nelles, and was found to belong to an adult male victim of identity theft who's identity was suspected to be used by Dennis on a recent criminal case. The substance in the white baggies was found to be meth.

Dennis Nelles has been charged with the following charges:

- Violation of Bail Bond Conditions, (5) counts.
- Possession of an illegal substance (meth), (1) count.
- Violation of Criminal Protection Order, (2) counts.
- Resisting Arrest, (1) count.
- Obstructing Government Operations, (1) count.
- Theft in the amount of $50-$300, (1) count.
- Trespassing in the 3rd degree, (1) count.

Dennis Nelles has been arrested and placed in the Mesa County Jail where he is being held on $5,000 cash or surety bond. His next court date is on June 23rd, where his charges will be reviewed.