Garfield County crime brief: Household appliance thief gets busted for that, and more
A Carbondale resident is in hot water after being accused of theft at two appliance stores in the Glenwood Springs area.
On March 18, at just after noon, a theft was reported at the Habitat for Humanity Restore after surveillance footage showed a man taking a dishwasher from the store without paying for it.
Police used footage of the theft, along with statements from two of the employees and an interview with the store manager to make their case, according to an arrest affidavit.
Video showed the suspect allegedly pull a price tag off a dishwasher in the store. He paid the $50 listed on the tag, but then continued walking four aisles away from the purchased dishwasher and took a different dishwasher, listed at $298, and left the store with the more-expensive item, states the affidavit.
Police executed a search warrant at the man’s listed home address in Carbondale on March 23.
During the search, police found methamphetamine as well drug paraphernalia, and arrested several occupants of the house. Three individuals were charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.
After conducting the search, police also located the dishwasher. They took photos of the dishwasher and its serial number.
Police contacted Habitat to come out to the address and repossess the dishwasher, according to the affidavit.
At around 1 p.m. April 2, police met with a Glenwood Springs prosecutor to discuss a letter he had received from the same suspect in the stolen washer case.
The letter was regarding a case from September 2018, where the man was a suspect in a theft from Lowe’s in Glenwood Springs.
The letter, signed by a Lowe’s general manager who was later found to not exist, stated that the suspect did not steal the lawn mowers he was accused of stealing that day, states the affidavit.
When police reviewed the letter, they found numerous grammar, spelling and punctuation errors.
The Lowe’s letterhead featured on it was also found to be fake, states the affidavit.
Police later learned from Lowe’s employees that the purported store manager never worked there.
There were also numerous other mistakes that the store employees noticed, including incorrect extension numbers.
Police charged the suspect with attempting to influence a public official, states the affidavit.
The man was also charged in the other case with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, theft of more than $50 and less than $300, among other charges.
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