Suspected thief takes a swim, gets nabbed
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A suspected thief tried to elude police by taking a brief dip in the Roaring Fork River on Wednesday, but got nabbed anyway.
James Oberosler, 52, of Glenwood Springs, was seen allegedly breaking into cars in the police impound lot south of the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport at about 11:15 a.m.
When Glenwood Springs Police Department officers showed up to give chase, Oberosler escaped through a hole in a fence and took off down the steep western bank of the Roaring Fork River, according to Police Lt. Bill Kimminau.
Oberosler splashed across the river, which is shallow enough for wading at this time of year, apparently hoping to escape when he reached the eastern shore.
But, Kimminau said, an officer at the impound lot tracked the suspect’s progress and directed other officers to meet Oberosler on the eastern bank when he emerged.
Kimminau said the suspect was arrested without incident. Police also allegedly discovered that there was a Garfield County Sheriff’s Department warrant for Oberosler’s arrest on a separate theft case.
Kimminau said approximately a half-dozen officers were involved in the chase, but none of them got wet.
Oberosler was to be held overnight in the Garfield County Jail Wednesday on a $17,500 bond, and is due in court for advisement today at 1:30 p.m.
He is accused with felony criminal trespass, as well as theft and possibly other charges, Kimminau said.
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UPDATE 5:27 p.m. — Interstate 70 through Glenwood Canyon has reopened in both directions Saturday evening after a safety closure due to a flash flood warning. There were no reported mud/debris slides.