Crime Briefs: Rifle gun theft linked to armed confrontation
Police have connected the man accused of brandishing a stolen gun in a conflict over a debt on Oct. 13 with a series of Rifle-area vehicle break-ins and gun thefts.
Miguel Lopez-Mares, 18, of Rifle was initially arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and misdemeanor theft. A search of his apartment turned up a loaded .38 revolver hidden in a stack of tires, as well as a pair of Social Security cards reported stolen in another case and the holster to one of two guns reported missing by an off-duty police officer.
In an interview in mid-October, an officer tried to connect Lopez-Mares to at least one of the weapons by asking why he painted the rounds blue. The answer, according to the arrest affidavit: “It was just something to do; I was bored.”
Lopez-Mares told police that he had bought the gun for $200 despite being on probation from a firearm-related charge as a juvenile. The other items found in the search, he said, were already there when he moved in.
He was booked again on Nov. 11 on suspicion of two counts of felony trespass.
METH MAKER HEADED TO JAIL
Chad Boulter missed his chance to avoid jail time for methamphetamine production.
A warrant was issued for Boulter, 27, in February after a welfare check at his Carbondale apartment turned up evidence of a “one-pot” meth lab. Arrested in a Glenwood Springs motel a week later, he reportedly told authorities he was planning to turn himself in. Boulter later accepted a plea deal that called for no prison time, and was released on bond to await sentencing.
Two days later, an investigator with the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office discovered that Boulter was buying ingredients that could be used to make more of the stimulant. He was arrested May 7 and issued a $15,000 bond — 10 times what he was released on two weeks before.
Boulter ultimately pled guilty pleaded guilty to manufacture of a controlled substance, a third-degree drug felony, and possession of a controlled substance, a first-degree drug misdemeanor, while a second-degree drug felony production charge was dropped. On Nov. 5, Judge Denise Lynch sentenced him to 15 months in jail, of which five months could potentially be waived. After that, he will be required to serve four years of probation, pay nearly $6,000 in fines and fees, and undergo a substance evaluation.
BABYSITTER’S WALLET TAKEN
When a Rifle babysitter discovered that her custom wallet was missing shortly after a customer dropped off his child on Oct. 30, she put two and two together.
The man’s girlfriend later found the wallet in their bathroom, and returned it to the owner. The 18-year-old man was later arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a financial device, misdemeanor possession of an identification document, theft and failure to comply.
A CRAIGSLIST OF CHARGES
After noticing that a cashier’s check started with the wrong number, a Carbondale bank teller on Nov. 2 discovered that several bad checks had recently been filed under the same name.
Police contacted the payee, a 42-year-old Basalt man, who according to the arrest affidavit told them the money was for a Craigslist sale, and that he had suspected a scam.
He was arrested on suspicion felony forgery, felony possession of a forged instrument and an attempt to commit a felony. When a unlabelled bottles of Vicodin and Xanax turned up in the booking process, felony possession of a controlled substance, felony introduction of contraband and misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance were added to the charges.
KNIFE LEADS TO CHARGE
Pulled over on Nov. 6, a 26-year-old Parachute man managed to avoid contraband charges but didn’t escape without a felony accusation.
When the Garfield County deputy, who recognized him from previous encounters, asked if he had anything dangerous on him, the man surrendered an illegal ballistic knife.
He was arrested on suspicion of felony possession of a dangerous weapon, misdemeanor driving while revoked, displaying fictitious plates and two counts of failure to appear.
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