Couple accused of stealing wallet from woman decorating church for Christmas
On the evening of Nov. 26, a woman told police her wallet had gone missing after she let a couple with a child use the restroom in the Glenwood Springs church where she was setting up Christmas decorations.
The pair appeared to be from out of state, she said, because they said they were heading to Utah but talked about going over Independence Pass even though it’s closed for the season and isn’t on the way to Utah from Glenwood. They left the church in a small red sedan. Shortly thereafter, several unauthorized charges were made on the woman’s credit card.
A Garfield County sheriff’s deputy later spotted a red Dodge Neon with invalid Indiana plates travelling west on Interstate 70 near Rifle, and pulled the car over after it failed to stay in its lane, the arrest affidavit reports.
As soon as the vehicle stopped, the deputy observed the man and the woman switch positions to make it appear that the latter was driving. That prompted the deputy to call for assistance.
The car was occupied by Trent Kyle Evans, 29, and Corrie Lynn Inthout, 32, of Lexington, Indiana.
Evans told police his girlfriend had been sleeping so he’d been driving despite not having a license and potentially having a warrant out of Washington state.
Inthout, whom the affidavit describes as cooperative and remorseful, initially denied stopping in Glenwood, but then admitted to being at the church. She said she hadn’t know that Evans had stolen the wallet until after the fact, and that they’d used the cards to buy food and lottery tickets, ditched the wallet behind a restaurant, and threw all but two of the cards out of the window on the highway.
Evans continued to deny any involvement until the deputy sent a cell phone photo of Inthout to the alleged victim, who confirmed that she was the woman who had been at the church. He ultimately confirmed Inthout’s account and showed the deputy where the two remaining cards were hidden.
Police found the wallet but not the other credit cards.
Inthout was arrested for identify theft, conspiracy to commit identity theft and criminal possession of a financial device, all felonies, as well as unauthorized used of a financial transaction device, a misdemeanor. She was issued a $4,000 bond.
In addition to sharing Inthout’s charges, Evans faces unauthorized used of a financial transaction device, failure to drive in a single lane, driving without a license and lack of insurance. He was issued a $15,000 bond, which cites an active warrant for methamphetamine possession in Washington and a long criminal history.
A 2-year-old child in the back seat was ultimately taken into protective custody.
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