Crime Briefs: Felony charges over an ATV theft and damaged fence
Daniel Carlo Saporita, 22, of Carbondale was arrested on March 31 for stealing an all-terrain vehicle from a farm on Missouri Heights.
According to Saporita’s arrest affidavit, the farmer heard the ATV start shortly after midnight and found a section of fence cut and folded back, and a set of tire tracks leading down the driveway. He estimated the value of the vehicle around $2,000 and the damage to the fence around $500.
Surveillance footage at the gate didn’t show anything unusual, but footprints were found and photographed.
Authorities spoke to a former employee, who told them that he had been on the property but Saporita had actually taken the ATV.
Saporita, who had been released on bond for a drug possession case, said the employee had told him the vehicle was his and invited him to take it for a spin. He faces potential charges of felony trespass, felony theft and criminal mischief.
THIS WEEK’S METH NEWS
Garfield County sheriff’s deputies responding to a call near Rifle on March 27 found that the caller, Mario Ramon Smith, was missing from a mental health facility and potentially armed, and that the truck he was driving had been reported stolen the previous night.
No weapons were found in the vehicle, but a search turned up 18.4 grams of methamphetamine.
Smith, 31, of Craig, was arrested for aggravated motor vehicle theft and possession of a controlled substance, both felonies.
• Police found 10 grams of suspected methamphetamine on David Driver when he was pulled over for an obscured license plate on March 31.
Driver, 51, of Gypsum, consented to the search that resulted in his arrest for felony possession of a controlled substance and failure to provide proof of insurance.
FISHY LONG-TERM LICENSE
Jose Andrade-Guzman was arrested on March 20 for presenting a fraudulent license when he was pulled over for a loud muffler on Highway 82 near Carbondale.
According to his arrest affidavit, Andrade-Guzman, 35, of Basalt had several DUI related warrants for his arrest, and had never been issued a license after it expired in 2013. There was no record of the New Mexico license he provided, which lacked standard security features and sported an unlikely expiration date of 2021.
The car was towed and Andrade-Guzman was arrested for felony forgery, possession of a fraudulent license, driving under restraint and failure to provide insurance.
BARRED FROM Walmart
Responding to a report of shoplifting on the evening of March 19, Rifle Police discovered that Michelle Hallenbeck had apparently violated an order barring her from the local Walmart.
Hallenbeck, 42, of New Castle, was arrested for felony trespass and petty theft. According to her arrest affidavit, a search of her person turned up two pills of Tramadol and 12 pills of Clonazepam, both Schedule IV controlled substances, two other types of prescription medications, and trace amounts of methamphetamine, adding felony and misdemeanor possession to her charges.
CAR INVADER ARRESTED
When a man found a stranger in his car, he took several photographs that led to the arrest of Damon Taschler, 39, of New Castle.
The caller returned from updating his driver’s license in Glenwood on March 27 to find a man removing tools from his white sedan, according to Taschler’s arrest affidavit. After the suspect drove off in a silver SUV, the car’s owner found his tie tack missing and a strange set of keys in his ignition.
Police spotted a vehicle that matched the description and compared the photos of the suspect to Taschler, who later admitted to entering the car but declined to say how.
He was arrested for trespass and attempted motor vehicle theft, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor theft and driving under restraint.
CAUGHT IN THE WATER PLANT
Jordan Lane Laur told authorities that a man named Armundo had put him up the theft of a cordless drill when he was confronted at the Rifle water intake and solar plant on March 31.
According to Laur’s arrest affidavit, the area was clearly marked with no trespassing signs and the doorknob was broken on the pump building where deputies found him.
The plant turned out to be inside city limits, and the case was turned over to the Rifle Police Department.
Laur, 19, of Rifle, was arrested for felony burglary, criminal mischief, trespass and petty theft.
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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