Port of Entry Officers get involved in catching a thief

On May 29, 2014, a driver at the Sheridan Port of Entry was buying permits and was being assisted by one of our port Officers. The driver set his billfold down on the counter while waiting to get information from his company.  When he wasn’t paying attention, another driver walked up stole the wallet. The thief then went to the restroom, removed the cash from the billfold, then hid the billfold under the trash in the trash can and then left the Port of Entry.

The first driver, now realizing his billfold was missing reported it to the port Officer. The Officer immediately reported the missing billfold to Port of Entry Manager who called the Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office.  The deputy quickly came and took a report and with the help of another port Officer, pulled the video tape and reviewed it. All of our Ports of Entry have a security video camera on the premises for the safety of our employees and the drivers. It was proven to be beneficial in this particular case as the video tape clearly showed the theft and identified the thief, his truck and the company.  A search of the bathroom was conducted and the billfold was immediately found. 

The company, Grace Road Lines, readily provided authorities with the driver’s cell phone number and the Sheriff’s deputy called the 60 year old driver, Perry Wayne Nitz of Wynndel, British Columbia.  Nitz was told by authorities we had video evidence of his theft and asked him to return with the stolen cash.  Nitz refused and continued driving southbound on I-25.  Highway Patrol units and Sheriff’s deputies located the suspect vehicle north of Buffalo a short time later and the thief was arrested.  The amount of cash stolen was $107.00.

All cash and belongings were returned to the victim driver thanks to the quick thinking and inter-agency teamwork by our port employees, Sheridan County Sheriff’s Office and state troopers.
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