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Busy day in court for accused juveniles

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” One of the three teens charged with allegedly being involved in four Glenwood Springs burglaries since Feb. 18, was advised of the charges against him Wednesday in Garfield County Court.

The 17-year-old male defendant listened as Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger read the list of 12 charges against him including: four counts of second degree burglary, which would be a class 3 felony if he were an adult; three counts of theft in the amount greater than $1,000 but not exceeding $20,000; four charges of fourth degree criminal trespass; and an additional count of theft.

The juvenile also faces possible penalties of probation violation if found guilty on any of the new charges against him because he was already on probation for charges of third degree assault and felony menacing. On top of that, the juvenile has three additional pending cases from alleged incidents from Snowmass to Rifle including theft, minor in possession of alcohol, and criminal mischief and defacing property.

Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey said that the burglary charges were “very serious” and that he is concerned that if the boy was released from Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Grand Junction, the juvenile would commit more crimes.

“All of these crimes were committed while he was on probation,” Hershey said.

Hershey added that of all the juvenile cases Wednesday, and with a limited space at the detention facility, that this juvenile is in the top two that he would recommend remain in custody. Metzger agreed.

The other male juvenile defendant, a 16-year-old, retained a lawyer and waived his advisement hearing Wednesday. He, too, remains in custody at the youth detention center in Grand Junction. Both will next appear in court on March 25.

The third suspect, a 15-year-old female, charged with allegedly being connected with some of the burglaries, is scheduled to appear in court on March 25 as well.

The burglaries happened between Feb. 18 and March 4. Two of the suspects were arrested on March 4, when a homeowner in the Veltus Park neighborhood in Glenwood called police after allegedly finding the suspects ransacking her home. The third suspect was arrested the following morning by Glenwood Police.

If convicted, each of the defendants face up to two years in a juvenile detention facility.

In other juvenile court news

– A 17-year-old male suspected of stealing a car was charged with six counts Wednesday, including one count of aggravated motor vehicle theft, one count of vehicular eluding and one count of reckless endangerment.

The boy was arrested on March 6, after allegedly steeling a 1974 Volkswagen Beetle from a gas station in Glenwood Springs and eluding police through town and down Interstate 70. The chase ended when the Beetle ran out of gas and the boy ran from authorities on foot and was Tased by a Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputy.

The boy has been in custody at the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Grand Junction since the incident. He was released Wednesday on a $2,000 bond and was ordered to electronic home detention.

If convicted he could face up to two years in a youth detention facility.

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