Crime Briefs: $45K in goods taken in Carbondale burglary |

Crime Briefs: $45K in goods taken in Carbondale burglary

Carbondale Wagner Rents was burglarized early the morning Dec. 19, with about $45,000 in tools and about $300 in cash stolen.

Carbondale police did not inform the public about the burglary until Thursday. Carbondale Lt. Chris Wurtsmith said officers did contact businesses on the same road.

He said the burglary was not discovered until Monday, Dec. 21, and investigators in Eagle County believe the Wagner Rents location in Gypsum was hit earlier the same day.

Wurtsmith released few details about the burglary, saying he wanted to protect the ongoing investigation. Chief Gene Schilling was on vacation for the holidays.

Wurtsmith would not release what types of tool were stolen, only offering that it wasn’t anything as big as a backhoe.

Anyone with information can call 970-963-2662 to reach the Carbondale Police Department.

Investigators are especially interested in any video recording in the area, such as from security cameras, said Wurtsmith.

Rifle man wields exotic weapon

A 23-year-old Rifle man was arrested in a domestic violence case after threatening family members with a bladed weapon reminiscent of fantasy and sci-fi movies, an arrested affidavit said.

Rifle police responded to the 300 block of Elm Avenue the evening of Dec. 18.

The man, who lives in the same house with the mother of his two children, his mother and his mother’s boyfriend, had a restraining order barring him from living with the mother of his children.

And because alcohol was a factor in why that restraining order was in place, he wasn’t allowed to drink or be around her if she was drinking, per the restraining order.

But the two were living together, and when the mother got home, she found them drinking together. When she confronted them about it, the 23-year-old went downstairs and came back with a “very large multi-bladed object,” the affidavit said.

He shoved the mother of his children and threatened his own mother, police said.

The affidavit shows pictures of a large, ornate weapon with six blades protruding in different directions from the handle.

The Rifle man now faces charges of felony menacing, harassment, violation of a restraining order, both misdemeanors, and a domestic violence sentence enhancer should he be convicted.

Delta teen A SERIAL car thief

Colorado State Patrol arrested a Delta teen with two prior motor vehicle theft convictions on yet another charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 4 felony.

Troopers stopped the 19-year-old male the afternoon of Dec. 17 in the eastbound lane of Interstate 70 just inside the western entrance of Glenwood Canyon. They suspected the red 2010 Dodge pickup he was driving was stolen, and its plates ended up matching a vehicle reported taken from Delta County, according to an affidavit.

The young Delta man told police he had the truck since two days prior.

He was initially held on a $2,000 bond, but later posted bond reduced to $1,000.

The truck belonged a family member with the same last name.

The arrest affidavit listed the truck’s value between $14,847 and $18,658. But the district attorney has charged him with theft of a vehicle between $20,000 and $100,000.

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