CRIME BRIEFS Abandoned, wrecked car leads to second arrest in a month
Sean Patrick Egan, 26, of Silt, was arrested for the second time in a month last week, this time in connection with an October car theft.
According to the arrest affidavit, the Colorado State Patrol on the morning of Oct. 27 discovered an abandoned car that had been in an accident near Rifle. The vehicle, which an Aspen woman called to report stolen from the Basalt Park and Ride, was impounded and searched, yielding six cell phones, two cameras, .3 grams of suspected cocaine, a second set of license plates, and a basic driving skill test completion statement for Egan.
Two days later, a man appeared at the impound lot and tried to claim several items from the vehicle. He was asked for an ID, said he would have to go get it, and never returned. The plates of the man’s car, as well as the plates found in the trunk of the stolen car, were both registered to a relative of Egan’s. Tow company employees were also able to identify Egan from a photo lineup.
Egan had been arrested on Nov. 18 for felony possession of controlled substance and misdemeanor driving under restraint, and later released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.
A warrant was issued for Egan’s arrest on Nov. 26 and he was arrested the same day on a $9,000 bond. He faces potential charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, a felony and would be sentenced as a habitual traffic offender.
Tracks in snow lead to burglary arrest
A Canyon Creek resident called police Nov. 24 after she returned home to find roughly $2,500 in property missing, including jewelry, electronics and a wheelbarrow.
Police followed wheelbarrow tracks in the snow to a nearby home, where they found Christopher Hart, 31.
According to the arrest affidavit, Hart had been staying at the home while he was trying to recover from drug addiction, but had been kicked out a few days before. The owner encountered him when she came back from work that day, and suspected he had forced entry through the back door.
Hart told police he had borrowed the wheelbarrow and had taken a computer he said was placed outside as if it was trash. He ultimately showed officers the stolen items in a crawl space, including a UPS box that had been confirmed delivered to burglarized address.
He was arrested for felony second-degree burglary, felony theft, misdemeanor theft and criminal trespass, a petty offense, and was released on a $10,000 bond.
New Castle man faces sex assault charge
Mark Carson, 54, of New Castle, was arrested Nov. 24 on allegations of sexual assault on a minor.
According to the arrest affidavit, the incidents were reported in February 2014 but occurred years before, concluding when the girl was 16. Both the alleged victim and Carson described it as consensual, and she told police she didn’t want him treated like a predator.
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