Crime Briefs: Ketchup used to disable camera in motel heist |

Crime Briefs: Ketchup used to disable camera in motel heist

Glenwood Springs police responding to a report of trespass at a motel on Jan. 4 saw a man run out the back door and later ordered Christopher Morales, 22, of Glendale Arizona, out from under a nearby semi.

Officers searched Morales and found a television remote, corkscrew and a pair of disposable vinyl gloves.

Inside the motel, authorities discovered that several televisions and a printer had been moved or pulled from the wall. According to Morales’ arrest affidavit, a shoe print in the sand of a shuffleboard table below one of the TVs matched the suspect’s Air Jordans. A nearby surveillance camera appeared to have been sabotaged with a bottle of ketchup, and a box of disposable gloves was also in evidence.

Morales was arrested for second-degree burglary, a felony, as well as criminal mischief, theft, obstructing a peace officer and criminal tampering, all misdemeanors. Felony possession of a controlled substance was added to the list when a baggie of apparent methamphetamine was discovered as he was being booked.


A vehicle fire in a Spring Valley apartment complex Monday night led to the arrest of Andrew Jacob Meyer, 31, of Glenwood.

Meyer had made comments about burning his pickup truck to collect insurance to a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy during a welfare check at the apartment complex about three hours before the fire, according to his arrest affidavit.

After crews extinguished the vehicle around 9:15 p.m., authorities found burn marks around the gas tank. Meyer told police he had cut a T-shirt into strips, stuffed it in the tank’s spout and poured motor oil on it before lighting it, according to the affidavit. He said the vehicle, which was parked about 60 feet from the apartment complex, was not paid off but was fully insured.

Meyer, who has no other criminal history, was arrested for third-and fourth-degree arson, both felonies, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. The officer writing the arrest affidavit requested a mental health evaluation and a temporary protection order from the apartment complex, but the protection order on his $10,000 personal recognizance bond is crossed out.


Two people were arrested Jan. 4 for drug possession following a traffic stop on Interstate 70.

According to the arrest affidavits, the car, driven by Michael William Stuemky, 43, of Glenwood Springs, was initially clocked at 88 mph but slowed to 62 mph as it passed a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy.

Stuemky told the deputy that his license was suspended, but failed to mention his active warrants. Neither of the passengers had a valid license, either, so a tow truck was called. A search of the vehicle yielded a glass pipe with white residue in front of the seat that had been occupied by Marissa Jane Temple, 28, of Glenwood. Officers ultimately found .34 grams of presumed methamphetamine in the car, and an additional 1.26 grams on Temple’s person.

Stuemky was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, speeding 10-19 mph over the speed limit, and driving with a restrained license and released on personal recognizance bond. Temple was arrested for felony possession and also released on her own recognizance.

The second passenger of the car was not arrested.


Luis Enrique Perez, 24, of Glenwood, was arrested Jan. 2 after he was implicated in credit card fraud last month.

The card was reported missing on Dec. 11, and was used at several local bars, liquor stores, restaurants and a hotel. A copy of Perez’s ID was on file at the hotel, and he was also caught by surveillance cameras at one of the liquor stores, according to his arrest affidavit.

He faces potential charges of criminal impersonation, a felony, as well as identity theft, second-degree forgery, criminal possession of a financial device, unauthorized used of a financial device, theft and driving under the influence.

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