Crime Briefs: Serial bike thief among arrests this week
Arrests were made this week in several open cases, thanks to the investigative efforts of the Glenwood Springs police and other agencies. Among the arrests:
• The discovery of a stolen bicycle during an unrelated search led to a serial bike thief, Glenwood Police Lt. Bill Kimminau reported. Police ultimately managed to link a 35-year-old Glenwood Springs man to at least 34 bike thefts representing a $43,000 value. He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary and felony theft.
• Kimminau also said a 22-year-old suspect in a break-in Sept. 13 at the Glenwood hotel was identified from surveillance footage and spotted boarding a bus for Denver. Authorities stopped the bus en route and the man was arrested on suspicion of second- and third-degree burglary as well as theft, all felonies.
• Surveillance footage was also the key to implicating a 21-year-old former employee in a Sept. 9 break-in at a gas station. The video shows a man breaking a lower window, crawling through and going straight to the safe, Kimminau said. With an estimated $6,800 missing from the safe, the man was arrested on suspicion of second- and third-degree burglary, and theft, all felonies, as well as misdemeanor criminal mischief.
• A 49-year-old man from Fargo is in custody in North Dakota for allegedly sexually assaulting an adolescent girl in Glenwood Springs during a visit two or three years ago. According to Kimminau, the man may also be implicated in other cases in other jurisdictions.
HE KEPT IT UNDER HIS HAT
When Parachute police stopped a car without a license plate light early Sept. 19, it was the passenger who ended up in the most trouble.
After the 22-year-old driver was discovered to have a suspended license and failed roadside maneuvers, the other man, a 21-year-old from De Beque, was asked out of the car. According to his arrest affidavit, police then discovered a pipe in a backpack by his seat and confronted him. He reportedly informed them of the 18-gram bag of methamphetamine concealed in his crotch but neglected to mention the half gram under his hat band, resulting in potential charges of distribution of a controlled substance and introducing contraband, both felonies.
WOMAN TURNS IN GRANDSON
A Carbondale woman called police on her 24-year-old grandson Sept. 19 after she got fed up with his drug use and stealing.
According to his arrest affidavit, she told police that she had several unauthorized credit card charges and had stolen from her in the past. She also produced several syringes, which she told them she had found in his backpack.
The man was arrested on suspicion of felony forgery and unauthorized use of a financial device.
TEEN DRINKING ENDS BADLY
A group of drinking teenagers and their 21-year-old driver might have gotten away with it if they hadn’t parked in handicapped spot at a Rifle park after hours on Sept. 18.
The underage girls in the backseat were issued summons for curfew violation while the adults in the front were detained.
According to his arrest affidavit, the driver told police that all four of them were drinking — although one girl passed a breath test and was not cited for minor in possession. The driver was arrested on suspicion of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
The passenger, a 19-year-old from Rifle, reportedly gave a false name before being identified, prompting potential charges of felony contributing to the delinquency of a minor, misdemeanor violation of a restraining order, false reporting and consumption of alcohol by underage person, a petty offense.
3 ARRESTED IN THEFT FROM PICKUP
After a bottle of antifreeze and a bottle of oil were stolen Sept. 20 out of a pickup in Glenwood Springs, it didn’t take long for police to track down the car — a Honda Accord with Minnesota plates — seen fleeing the scene.
According to a trio of arrest affidavits, the prime suspect, a 22-year-old from Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of felony trespass and felony theft. Another passenger, a 20-year-old local man, was arrested on an outstanding warrant as well as conspiracy to commit a felony. The driver, a 20-year-old man from Minnesota, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy, failure to provide proof of insurance and, after a baggy of meth was found in the car, felony possession of a controlled substance.
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