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Homeless man accused of stealing $200 from Glenwood Springs hotel laundry machines

Pete FowlerPost Independent StaffGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Charles Edward Wilson

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Police arrested a homeless man and alleged washing-machine bandit Friday.Charles Edward Wilson, 58, was booked into the Garfield County Jail Friday on suspicion of attempt to commit burglary, possession of burglary tools, criminal mischief, trespass and attempt to escape.Police responded to a call around noon Friday from the Antlers Best Western about a man trying to break into a coin receptacle on a hotel washing machine. The hotel said the man broke a $35 lock on the washing machine and was told three times that he was not welcome there.A police officer contacted Wilson, who matched the hotel’s description, on Highway 6, and the hotel employee identified Wilson as the alleged washing-machine thief. The officer found $76 in coins in a Crown Royal Whisky bag Wilson had plus one- and five-dollar bills for a total of $198.83, police said in an arrest affidavit.Police said Wilson also had about five samples of an item described in the affidavit as a “tubular device with rubber bands around it holding little pieces of metal in.” They looked like they would fit into locks on vending machines or pay washing machines, police said, but Wilson said they are used to get fish off of hooks.At the police department just prior to an interview, Wilson pulled out a thin piece of bent metal and tried to use it on his handcuffs, police said. Wilson said it was for scratching lottery tickets, police said.Wilson told police he was homeless and unemployed, and he wouldn’t talk to them without a lawyer. He was being held on $8,500 bond and appeared in court for an advisement hearing Monday.Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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