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Local woman charged with 2 cases of identity theft

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Accused identity thief Dawn Vantuyle has done a lot of traveling since January – all in an attempt to run from the law after being arrested as the prime suspect in two separate theft cases.

The story began in January.

Vantuyle, 32, who lives in unincorporated Garfield County just south of Glenwood Springs, was arrested by Glenwood Springs police Jan. 28 and charged with identity theft and illegally using someone else’s credit to make purchases.

The alleged crime is detailed in an affidavit written by Glenwood Springs police officer Steven Burkey. It states that a woman called police on Jan. 27 to report that her driver’s license, Social Security card and various credit cards were stolen from her purse sometime between Jan. 19 and Jan. 27 while she was at work.

The woman, a Glenwood Springs resident who asked not to be identified, said she and two of her co-workers found credit cards and other items missing from their wallets around the same time.

“We had to fill out a lot of paperwork,” the woman said. “We had to call all the credit agencies to put a flag on our credit in case someone asked for credit.”

In one of several alleged thefts, the Glenwood Springs woman said Vantuyle received credit at the Glenwood Springs Mall Radio Shack by wearing a hat and trying to look as much like her alleged victim as possible.

“The manager at Radio Shack said, `It could have been an old picture of you,'” she said. “She’s scary.”

When the woman called her credit card companies to cancel each card, she discovered that one of the cards already had $825 charged on it at the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart.

“Thank God I went to get my hair cut the night before,” she said. She realized her credit cards were missing when she went to pay for the haircut.

After receiving the initial report, officer Burkey went to Wal-Mart, where employees gave him a description of the woman who used one of the credit cards in question. According to the affidavit, a woman suspected to be Vantuyle tried to buy jewelry with four different credit cards and was declined each time.

Vantuyle then allegedly successfully applied for a Wal-Mart credit account under the victim’s name, using that credit to buy $350 worth of jewelry, the affidavit said.

On Jan. 28, Burkey presented a photo lineup to clerks at Wal-Mart, who identified the credit user as Vantuyle.

The woman victimized by Vantuyle said she was amazed at how fast Burkey was able to determine who the suspect was.

“He had it figured out in a day,” she said of Burkey.

Burkey located Vantuyle and arrested her for an outstanding Garfield County warrant on an unrelated charge of larceny. Then, according to the affidavit, when he searched her pockets and belongings, Burkey found a driver’s license and credit card belonging to the original reporting victim, as well as “numerous credit card receipts.”

During a videotaped interview, the affidavit stated, Vantuyle admitted to stealing a driver’s license, Social Security card and credit cards from the woman’s purse.

The affidavit also said Vantuyle admitted to purchasing $350 in jewelry from Wal-Mart and attempting to get a credit card from Sears. Sears declined Vantuyle’s application.

In addition, the affidavit said Vantuyle admitted to buying a video camera, numerous tapes, watch batteries, printer ink and a Nokia car charger for a total of $931.

Vantuyle was charged with theft, criminal impersonation, forgery, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and on a Garfield County warrant.

Around the same time as the alleged Glenwood Springs incidents, Vantuyle is suspected of ripping off one of her Garfield County neighbors.

On Jan. 28 – the same day Vantuyle was arrested by Glenwood Springs police – the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office took a report from that neighbor.

The second victim, also a woman, said she received a call from power company Kinder Morgan to let her know that a woman – suspected to be Vantuyle – called the company to request the victim’s Social Security number.

When the company refused, the affidavit states that Vantuyle went to her neighbor’s home and said she would do her neighbor’s astrological reading, but she first needed her Social Security number and date of birth.

“She did not give Vantuyle the information,” said the affidavit, which was written by Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy William J. Middleton.

The next day, the victim checked the top drawer of her dresser and found that her Social Security card, the bill of sale for her vehicle and two certificates of authenticity for her diamonds were missing.

On Jan. 28, she received a call from officer Burkey, letting her know Glenwood Springs police had arrested a woman possessing her Social Security card and Visa gold card.

For those offenses, Vantuyle was charged with second-degree burglary, criminal possession of a financial transaction device and theft.

Once Vantuyle was bonded out of jail, she apparently figured it was time to split.

Justin Canterbury was the bondsman on Vantuyle’s $20,000 bond. Soon after Vantuyle was let out of jail, she went on the lam, according to court documents.

Vantuyle missed a court date on Feb. 19, prompting authorities to issue a nationwide warrant for her arrest. This spurred bail bondsman Justin Canterbury to begin a search of his own.

“We tracked her,” Canterbury said. “She went to South Carolina, then to Michigan.”

She was arrested April 15 by authorities in Landrum, S.C., where she was staying with relatives.

“My office had her picked up,” Canterbury said.

Vantuyle was finally extradited back to Colorado on June 23 – at Canterbury’s expense.

“It’s a small price to pay versus $20,000,” Canterbury said.

Canterbury said Vantuyle is now back in Garfield County Jail on nearly $100,000 bail. Her next appearance in 9th District Court in Glenwood Springs is set for July 9.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511


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