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Cops make burglary arrests

Dennis Webb

Call it a case of shopping ’round-the-clock.And the prices were right, too, until two alleged burglars got caught following break-ins early Saturday morning in downtown Glenwood Springs.Police say Jeremy Beach, 28, of Glenwood Springs broke into Glenwood Sewing Center and the adjacent Finders Keepers store in the 800 block of Grand Avenue around 4 a.m. Saturday. Police arrested Beach as he tried to leave Finders Keepers, said police chief Terry Wilson. Police also arrested Draper Horton, 23, of Glenwood Springs in the case later Saturday.Sandy Boyd, owner of Glenwood Sewing Center, said six bolts of fabric with black-and-white cowskin print were taken from her store, even as cash, sewing machines and valuable quilts were left behind.”They took the cardboard center out of the bolted fabric and just took the fabric,” she said.She said a suspect told police he was getting fabric for his girlfriend.”It is kind of a funny crook story,” Boyd said.A rug valued at $2,000, some paintings and some knickknacks were taken from Finders Keepers. She said it sounded like a case of someone trying to do Christmas shopping for free.Boyd said police recovered her fabric, which probably was valued at $50 or $100.She said someone pushed an air conditioner in through a back wall of her building to gain access. A window was broken in order to open a door at Finders Keepers.She credited Glenwood Springs police officer Aaron Munch with responding to the sound of breaking glass and noticing the air conditioner had been disturbed.”The police department was really right on top of things,” she said.Munch and other officers arrested Beach as he tried to escape out the back of Finders Keepers when police were preparing to search the business with the aid of a police dog, Wilson said.Wilson praised Munch’s observational skills and the work of the officers on the scene.”I think our guys did a really, really good job,” Wilson said.He said it can be hard to motivate officers to do things such as watch businesses for possible break-ins at that hour of the morning.”It is something you stress with officers. You just never know, and that’s why you do it,” Wilson said.Beach remained in Garfield County Jail on $17,500 bond Saturday afternoon.He faces two counts each ofsecond-degree burglary and second-degree trespass, as well as charges of felony theft, misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief. He also was arrested on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Arapahoe County.Horton got out of jail Saturday after posting a $10,790 bond. He faces charges of second-degree burglary, second-degree trespass and felony theft, and had a failure-to-appear warrant out of Glenwood Springs.An investigation into the case is ongoing.Boyd said it was the first time in 27 years burglars broke into her store.


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