posted at 17:50
Author Name: Associated Press
A Crime Surge Has Accompanied Wyomings Oil Boom
REUTERS/Rick Wilking A worker climbs onto a crude oil train to set the handbrake at the Eighty-Eight Oil LLC's transloading facility in Ft. Laramie, Wyoming July 15, 2014.DOUGLAS, Wyo. Law enforcement officials in east-central Wyoming say they're seeing more crimes committed by workers newly arrived to the area's booming oil fields and don't have enough police and jail space to handle the problem. Police were involved in two vehicle pursuits in September - the first in the city in three years, according to the Douglas Police Department. "The industry is not picky," police Sgt. Matthew Schmidt said. The increase is nothing like the violent crime that spiked in North Dakota communities after oil production in the Bakken field surged several years ago. The Douglas Police Department is short two officers as city employees quit to work in the oil fields, the Casper Star-Tribune reports. Many people Schmidt arrests already have felony convictions, ranging from a fourth domestic battery to multiple DUI arrests. Schmidt said he tends to see much higher numbers when transient workers breathe into his breathalyzer.

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