Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office The Detail Newsletter - December 2019

'no pufFING' laws in effect

One of the most widespread crimes in Arapahoe County is completely preventable. Sheriff’s office investigators are working on 387 auto theft cases. Arapahoe County ranks third in Colorado for auto thefts in 2018, according to sheriff’s office statistics. Denver County had 4,733 stolen vehicles in 2018, followed by Adams County with 3,118 and Arapahoe County with 3,009.

“I don’t know if it’s complacency or people have that false reality that ‘Hey, my car’s going to be fine. I’m only going to be a minute,’ said James Hills, investigator with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office. “I don’t want to say it’s an epidemic, but it’s a fact of reality that this is an every day occurrence.”

You should be extra careful if your vehicle is one of the top five stolen models. From July 1 through September 30, 2019, the most stolen vehicles were:

  1. Honda Civic
  2. Honda Accord
  3. Ford F-250
  4. Chevrolet Silverado
  5. Ford F-150

In Colorado, it is illegal to leave your car running, unlocked and unattended. Those with remote locks on your vehicles don’t face the same penalties, but you can receive a ticket for ‘puffing.’

“With it being cold out, people do drive by knowing that it is cold out and people do leave their cars unlocked and running. So while you’re inside, it wouldn’t be that hard for somebody to steal your car,” said Hills. “Just know that you could be a victim of opportunity and that’s what most crime is today, opportunity.”

Investigators urge drivers to always lock vehicle doors, keep garage doors closed and take out or remove personal belongings in your vehicles overnight, even when they are in the garage.

*On November 12, the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office received an email from a parent praising Deputy Ben Sadler for fixing dozens of American flags that had fallen down during a blizzard at Grandview High School. Read the email.

Why he did it

The deputy, the blizzard and the fallen flags

On Veterans Day, biting snow cut sideways and ice hugged the ground. The temperature shivered around 10-degrees. At 5:00 a.m., Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy Ben Sadler was about to get off the night shift. He knew it would be a tough ride home for his co-workers. So Ben got out his scraper and began attacking the ice on their windshields. A few other deputies joined in to help. While they cleared the cars, one of them mentioned that Grandview High School had placed about 40 American flags along the road for Veterans Day. Ben, a former high school teacher and son of a Vietnam vet, decided to go see it. But it wasn’t a good sight.

In the battle with winter, the sleet ripped flags from their poles and snow buried them. Some flags drooped upside down. The deputy parked his car, flipped on his lights and got out to fix them. The best he could do was rig them up with tape and a spare boot string. An hour later, Ben knew none of his repairs would last. When he got off work, he drove back to the school in his own car with tools.

Ben worked for another hour in the penetrating cold securing the flags with zip ties, pliers and a breaching hammer normally used to break down doors. A parent stopped to ask why Ben was fixing them. After all, the school isn't in Arapahoe County and Ben doesn't have kids. He told her it was his way to thank Grandview High for teaching students about patriotism and for recognizing veterans. Besides, he said, it's the right thing to do.

"The reality is, I picked up flags. My father was a prisoner of war in Vietnam and tortured. Other veterans sacrificed their lives. If they can go through that, I can pick up some flags." - Deputy Ben Sadler

From the outside it looks like Ben has had the perfect life. He married his college sweetheart, works his dream job and lives in a beautiful home. Ben holds a college degree and speaks four languages. But in the beginning, he had nothing.

When Ben was 14, his dad died and everything changed. Fred C. Sadler had been an army combat medic in Vietnam. During one of several tours of duty, he was captured, became a prisoner of war and tortured. He was eventually released. After 20 years in the military, his dad retired as a highly decorated master sergeant. He died from cancer fed by Agent Orange.

Fred C. Sadler as a staff sergeant

Without his dad’s income, his mom lost their house. Instead of moving in with estranged family, Ben lived in his car, homeless. He became a troublemaker. More than one teacher called him worthless.

"When my father died, I didn’t deal with it well. I made some bad choices, I hung out with bad people and I got in a lot of trouble.”

Ironically, the antics saved him. Ben met police school resource officers who knew about his dad and what Ben was going through. They offered him support, so Ben started focusing on his school work. When it came time for him to go to college, the officers secretly collected money in the department and paid his entry fees. From that moment on, Ben wanted to be an officer. He remembers thinking, “Man, I should be a cop. I want to help others like they helped me.”

Deputy Ben Sadler joined the ACSO in 2011

The 37-year-old has worked for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for eight years. His wife, brother and nephew also work in the office. None of them were surprised when a parent wrote an email to Sheriff Tyler Brown with a photo of Ben making the flags stand tall on Veterans Day.

To date, the photo of Ben in the cold has been the most shared, or popular, social media post in the history of the sheriff’s office. Thousands of people from across the country have thanked him for going above and beyond. When someone read the messages to Ben, his tough exterior cracked.

“It’s humbling. I love that this is resonating with our community,” said Ben. “Seeing that tells me what my father and all of the soldiers in our history served for, bled for, and died for wasn’t in vain. We only have what we have today because of what they went through.”
Deputy Sadler wearing his Grandview High School shirt and hat

Grandview High thanked Ben with a school shirt and hat. The Cherry Creek School District is going to honor the deputy with its Hero Award in December 2019.


10 ways to foil porch pirates

Holidays are stressful enough without worrying about your gifts being stolen by porch pirates. A study from Insurance Quotes.com shows 26 million people are victimized in the U.S. every year. Even worse, porch thefts are on the rise. That’s why we asked Jared Rowlison, captain of Investigation Services, about what we can do to protect ourselves. Here are his top 10 tips:

  1. Have the packages delivered to a trusty neighbor who is home during the day.
  2. Schedule deliveries during the times you will be home.
  3. Have the packages delivered to your work.
  4. Monitor your front porch with a video camera so when you see something delivered, you can go get it immediately.
  5. Require a signature for delivery.
  6. Use a delivery service like UPSMyChoice that lets you redirect your package to someone else if you learn you won’t be home during the delivery.
  7. If you’re having most of your holiday gifts delivered to your home, consider renting a USPS post office box so they’re stored securely until you pick them up. USPS also offers Informed Delivery, a phone app that tracks your package and notifies you when it has arrived. Informed Delivery allows you to communicate with the carrier to offer directions on the best place to leave the package.
  8. Shop with businesses like Amazon that use smart lockers. When someone drops off a package in a smart locker, it sends you a text or email telling you it has arrived. Then, you pick it up with an electronic code whenever it’s convenient.
  9. You can also buy a package delivery box which is a large plastic or metal trunk that sits on your porch and has a smart lock for delivery drops. The smart lock works with all major couriers to secure your parcel and can be unlocked using your phone.
  10. Consider using a device like the Package Guard, which is the size of a Frisbee that sits on your porch. When you get a package, you get a notification. If an unauthorized person removes your packages, the Package Guard emits a loud siren to alert others that someone is stealing your parcels.

If you’ve taken measures to protect yourself, but a porch pirate still grabs your goods, report the theft to the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office and to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. Also contact the sender, which may consider replacing it for free. Finally, check to see if the theft is covered by your homeowner’s insurance.

law enforcement excellence

The Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office has received two of the highest awards given to a law enforcement agency by CALEA (Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies). The Meritorious Award and Accreditation with Excellence Award are given to agencies that have been accredited for more than 15 years, have demonstrated a commitment to excellence in their policies and practices, and go above and beyond typical law enforcement agencies. Thank you CALEA for this distinguished honor. We are proud to serve Arapahoe County.

Sheriff Tyler Brown with command staff and CALEA officials receiving excellence awards.


Voters reject measure for a new jail

Arapahoe County won't be getting a new jail anytime soon after voters rejected Ballot Issue 1A which would have raised property taxes to replace the current jail. After the defeat on November 5, Sheriff Tyler Brown released the following statement:

“A new facility would have made it safer for our employees to work with inmates in the crowded, stressed facility. It also would have allowed us to offer more programs to help inmates. Now we will need to focus on how to manage the increasing population in a facility that has been pushed far beyond its capacity. We will also continue to educate the public about the need for a safer facility that offers more treatment and rehabilitation programs to lower recidivism rates for inmates."

The measure was rejected 67%, with 33% in favor.


"It was so rewarding to see and hear everyone talk about how much they appreciated the dinner," said Lt. Craig Reams.
Arapahoe County Sheriff's Lt. Craig Reams (left) with Noah Glanville (right) owner of the Pit Barrel Cooker Company.

Each year, about 150 law enforcement officers are killed in the line of duty. Their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives.

Last month, C.O.P.S. held its annual National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma in Oak Brook, IL. ACSO Lt. Craig Reams made the trip to help his friend Noah Glanville with the cooking. Glanville is the owner of the Pit Barrel Cooker Company which donated the dinner for Law Enforcement Appreciation Night.

"I had the pleasure to travel to this year’s C.O.P.S. Conference. It afforded me the opportunity to attend some great workshops and meet people in our profession who have been affected by the loss of someone in the line of duty," stated Lt. Craig Reams. "My close friend, Noah Glanville, founder of the Pit Barrel Cooker Company is not a law enforcement officer, but he did serve in the Navy as a combat medic and has family members and friends serving law enforcement today."

Glanville purchased more than 70 beef tenderloins, which Lt. Reams helped prepare, smoke and serve to 700 people. Lt. Reams says it was daunting, but rewarding to see and hear everyone talk about how much they appreciated the dinner.

An empty table is set up for the officer who couldn't be there because he was killed in the line of duty.

Sheriff's deputy battling kidney & prostate cancer

We're in a battle today alongside a brother in blue. Patrol Deputy Jeff Manqueros is recovering from surgery on November 21 for a rare kidney cancer. Doctors removed part of his left kidney. He is also battling stage 4 prostate cancer. Jeff is resting at home with his family and friends by his side. He will be out of work for about eight weeks, then he'll return to light duty.

Jeff is a member of the Arapahoe Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 31. They have set up a donation fund to help Jeff and his family with medical expenses. You can also use the QR code below.

Arapahoe FOP Benevolent Fund for Deputy Jeff Manqueros

Watch Jeff's story below on FOX31 News

boy calls 911, pretends to be his dad

A reminder to teach your kids how and when to dial 911, after this call from a little boy named Isaiah.

Help us solve this COLD CASE

Eugene Roderick Miera, 22

On December 17, 1972 the body of Eugene Roderick Miera was discovered at the corner of East Evans Avenue and South Lima Street. Miera had been shot once in the back. Further examination revealed it was a .38 caliber. The murder weapon was never found.

Miera was last seen at 5:00 p.m. at Cowboy Bar on December 17, 1972. Miera was said to have gone into the Cowboy Bar, checked to see who was there, and left.

Miera was a heroin user. His death is thought to be tied to a debt he owed for heroin. He had also begun to sell drugs. Miera also owed people money.

If you have any information about this case, please contact Arapahoe County Cold Case Investigator Niki Bales at 720-874-4030 or nbales@arapahoegov.com.

Thank you Aspen Crossing Elementary School in Aurora for inviting us to be in your Veterans Day parade. Our school resource officers helped with traffic while our sheriff, K-9 unit and bomb squad led the parade.
Photos courtesy of Erik Velez Photography

legal burritos

A big thank you to the Sawaya Law Firm for providing breakfast burritos to our staff today. It was a wonderful surprise and we appreciate it.

World Champions

Arapahoe County Sheriff's Investigator Keith Thomas (top row, middle) poses with his law enforcement teammates.

Congratulations to our world champions. Last month, deputies from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office participated in the 2019 Police Softball World Series in Las Vegas, Nevada. It's the biggest law enforcement softball charity tournament in the country.

The ACSO team participated in the Gold Division along with law enforcement officers from Sheridan Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, Greenwood Village Police Department, Aurora Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Denver Police Department, the DEA and the Colorado DOC.

Please join us in congratulating the team on this great achievement!