|Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office
For Immediate Release
April 13, 2013
Lincoln County, CO
LINCOLN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE SEIZES STARVING HORSES
LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. (April 13, 2013) – The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant on Sat., April 13, to
seize nine horses from a property in the Hall Station area in lower Lincoln County. In response to a call from a member of
the community, a sheriff’s office deputy visited the site and found nearly a dozen emaciated and some injured horses,
including one mare with a five-day-old foal. Charges are pending and the owner(s) or care takers of the horses may face
nine counts of animal cruelty, which is a Class 1 misdemeanor.
The Colorado Humane Society (CHS) and the brand inspector assisted the sheriff’s office to remove the horses, which
will remain in the care of the sheriff’s office and CHS during the investigation. In addition to the horses removed, three
horses were being cared for adequately and appeared in good condition and the twelve remaining horses were able to
forage enough to sustain themselves. Officers will continue to monitor the property to assess if more horses need to be
Most of the emaciated horses were mares. One gelding had a large open wound on its hind leg and a body condition of
1, the lowest body weight condition on the Henneke scale, which is scored 1 to 9. The horses were inspected by a
Veterinarian on scene. “I want to remind everyone who owns horses or other animals that in these drought conditions you
may have to cut your herds back, said Sheriff Tom Nestor. I would rather you call for resources for animals you can’t
afford to feed than have to come and remove them.” Some available resources would be the Colorado Humane Society,
The brand inspector or your veterinarian.
“We’ve seen this type of animal abuse before,” said Katrina Schou, manager of field services for the Colorado Humane
Society. “It doesn’t matter who you are or what your reputation is in the horse community, it has been proven over and
over that law enforcement officers in this state will not tolerate animal cruelty.”
If you suspect animal abuse in your community, contact your local law enforcement or file an anonymous report with
Crime Stoppers, (720) 913-STOP (7867). Anonymous tips also can be reported online at http:
//metrodenvercrimestoppers.com/animal-cruelty/ or texted to 274637 (CRIMES).
May 24, 2013
Counterfeit bills passed along the I-70 Corridor
On May 13th, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to D-J Petroleum gas station in Arriba to take a report of Counterfeit
$20 bills that had been passed in exchange for gas. These bills were believed taken the day before. Surveillance video was
pulled to attempt to identify who passed the bills. The clerk also recalled the vehicle that they were driving. It was also learned
that a Colorado State Trooper had made contact with the possible suspects that same morning needing gas when the suspects
had actually called 911 for assistance to obtain gas. After some research from identification information from the Trooper and
the 911 call earlier, it was determined who the three suspects were.
Subsequent investigation revealed that the suspects had passed counterfeit money to at least two other locations in Limon, and
two locations in Adams County along the I-70 Corridor.
With the assistance of the US Secret Service in the investigation, the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office issued warrants for the three
individuals for Conspiracy to Commit Forgery, and Forgery. The three individuals are identified as: Matthew Harl age 23, Chike
Etumudor age 26, and Ian Gregg age 23, and are from Oklahoma.
On May 18th, Matthew Harl was arrested on a traffic stop near Tulsa, Oklahoma. On May 22nd, Ian Gregg was arrested by
Tulsa PD and Secret Service after refusing to come out of his house. Entry was made into the house and Gregg taken into
custody. Etumudor was arrested in Oklahoma on May 23rd. All three are awaiting extradition.