Police caught up with a Rifle man suspected of stealing several pieces of electronics equipment from the Glenwood Springs Wal-Mart store in recent weeks.
Robert Leigh Helvenston, 56, was arrested on Christmas Eve by Glenwood Springs Police after store personnel reportedly caught him attempting to leave the store with a backpack containing a Sony CD player that had been taken out of its packaging, according to Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Helvenston allegedly dropped the pack when he noticed he was being followed and fled the store. Police officers located him a short time later in a parking lot near the Roaring Fork Marketplace and arrested him.
He is also believed to be responsible for the theft of a Dell desktop computer on Dec. 20, which he allegedly stuffed in a suitcase also taken from the store, and made off with it. That incident was caught on security camera, Wilson said.
Helvenston is suspected in several other similar thefts from the store recently, police said. He remains in the Garfield County Jail on $5,750 bond facing charges of felony theft totaling more than $1,000.
Two people were arrested in the early morning hours of Dec. 24 after they allegedly flagged down a vehicle on Blake Avenue, claiming to be police officers and requesting to commandeer the car, according to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.
Michael D. Davis, 28, and Jessica M. Wunderlich, 33, were arrested on felony charges of impersonating a police officer around 3:16 a.m. Dec. 24 after the incident was reported.
According to Wilson, the two allegedly stopped a vehicle using a flashing blue light generated from a cell phone, and requested that the occupants exit the vehicle so they could commandeer it. However, when they failed to produce official police identification, the driver of the vehicle continued on and contacted police.
Davis and Wunderlich were located a short time later in the vicinity and were arrested. They have both since been released from the Garfield County Jail on $2,500 bond each.
Garfield County sheriff’s deputies arrested two New Castle men on New Year’s Day for driving on a newly vegetated part of the county regional airport’s grounds.
According to a report from the sheriff’s office, Ermis Guerra, 21, and Jorge Guerra, 25, were arrested at shortly after 6 p.m. for “attempting to drive up the sled hill” at the east end of the airport property.
The men were outside the perimeter fence of the airport facility itself, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis, and will be held responsible for the cost of repairs, “when and if damages are determined.”
The men were charged with misdemeanors – criminal mischief, failure to produce proof of insurance, careless driving, and driving without a valid driver’s permit.
They were issued tickets and released.
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