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Wedding rings among items missing in alleged Castle Rock theft Vacationing couple cut trip short after cash, cards and jewelry reported stolen BY JESSICA GIBBS JGIBBS@COLORADOCOMMUNITYMEDIA.COM

A couple vacationing in Castle Rock this month said their trip took a turn for the worse when someone allegedly stole the wife’s purse, which contained her Social Security card, approximately $2,000 in cash and her wedding bands. Les Slayton, 66, and his wife, Carol, 60, of Rapid City, South Dakota, said they were shopping at the Outlets at Castle Rock on Oct. 14 when they stopped to use the restroom. The

couple continued shopping for 10 to 15 minutes after leaving before Carol realized she left her purse in the bathroom, they said. When she went back to look for it, Carol says the purse was gone. Inside the Coach bag, she was carrying house keys, garage door keys, credit cards, between $1,900 and $2,200 in cash and diamond earrings. Most significantly, the couple said, she was carrying the wedding band set Les gave her more than 40 years ago. The couple will mark their 42nd anniversary in December. “All of that was just material except my wedding ring,” Carol said. Chelsea Hartnett, a spokeswoman for the Outlets at Castle Rock, confirmed a lost-and-found report was filed Oct. 14 with the shopping center, but neither customer service nor security had been informed of the missing jewelry, only of the purse.

When items are reported missing, she said, the mall provides customers information about filing reports with the Castle Rock Police Department if that is requested, but it was not for this incident. The couple did, however, file a report with police on Oct. 14. “We do work really closely with the Castle Rock Police Department,” Hartnett said, adding police had not contacted the shopping center about the incident. “Obviously, we’ll support an investigation in any way, shape or form.” Carol said she doesn’t ordinarily keep the wedding band set or her Social Security card in her purse. Les gifted her a new wedding ring in recent years, and she was carrying the original set — comprising an engagement ring, wedding band and anniversary ring — in her purse with plans to have it sized.

They were working to replace Carol’s I.D. and Social Security card as of Oct. 17. The couple decided to have their credit cards turned off and their locks changed at home. The Slaytons twice checked with customer service at the shopping center, but the purse has not been turned in. The police report shows the Slaytons reported the purse, credit cards, cash, rings and jewelry as being stolen, estimating the market value at $3,000. Although the Slaytons had planned to stay in Castle Rock longer, the couple said they returned home a few days early following the incident. Carol at first hoped whoever took her purse would mail the rings to the address on the I.D., but she is no longer optimistic the items will be returned. “It’s gone forever,” Carol said. “I told (Les) that hurts me more.”


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Castle Rock Boy Scout asks public’s help in Eagle Scout project About me I live in Castle Rock. I am 14 years old and a ninth-grader at Douglas County High School. I am a part of a family of six — my mom, dad, two brothers and one sister. I play baseball and run cross country for Douglas County High School. I love playing baseball and watching it. I was superhyped when the Rockies went to the postseason this year. Why I’m a Boy Scout I am a member of Troop 780 and achieved the rank of Life Scout. I joined Boy Scouts because my dad participated as a kid and all his scouting stories sounded awesome. I enjoy the scouting adventures the most. My dad and I have been scuba diving, shotgun shooting and backpacking. We are planning to go to Philmont next year.

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My Eagle Scout project My Eagle Scout project is remapping the Ridgeline Open Space. The idea for my project was brought to me by my dad’s coworker, an avid bicyclist, and firefighter Lt. Matt Rettmer. The end goal of my project is to improve the safety of trail users and to make the trail easier and clearer for the community. For my project I am re-creating the maps to be color-coded and easier to understand. I am also adding quartermile markers for trail user and activity groups to track their mileage. The second use of the mileage markers is an extra safety helper. If anyone now gets hurt while on the Ridgeline Open Space they can call 911 and give a more accurate location. As an example, someone could call in and say “Hey, I just broke my leg and I’m on

Stephen Zukowski of Castle Rock hopes the public can help him on an eagle scout project. COURTESY PHOTO orange loop, mile 1.25.” I chose this project because ever since I started scouting my goal has been to earn Eagle ... My dad had challenged me to do an Eagle Scout project that would challenge me and one that would leave a legacy. Community input needed People can participate in my Eagle project by going to the town website and taking part in the survey the town and I created. To make the survey I met with multiple civic groups to get their input on the amount of colored loops. The survey details my whole project and explains how filling out the survey helps out the town and me immensely. (It can be found at CRgov. com/RidgelineSurvey) My mantra I have multiple mantras I live by. First, as my grandpa says, “Just keep riding.” My grandpa is big into bike riding. I also live by the mantra that instead of trying to get better too much in one day, get better by 1 percent every day so by the end of the year you are 365 percent better. If you have suggestions for My Name Is…, contact Jessica Gibbs at jgibbs@

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