Two men appear in court for their part in Silt auto break-ins
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A Rifle man received probation and a deferred judgment for his role in a series of automobile burglaries in Silt last October.
Yerson Ramone Arroyo, 18, of Rifle also appeared in district court Thursday afternoon. Arroyo pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft by receiving, and misdemeanor theft, at a previous court hearing.
Arroyo received a three-year deferred judgment, one year of supervised probation and 48 hours of public service. He was also credited for 83 days he spent incarcerated in the Garfield County Jail after his arrest. Arroyo will likely face restitution payments in the case as well.
“You are being given a gift,” said 9th Judicial District Court Judge Denise Lynch. “You do not want a felony on your record.”
Arroyo was arrested in October 2009, along with Preston Scott Goodnight, 18, of Rifle, and two 16-year-old males. Both Goodnight and Arroyo were charged with breaking and entering a residence on South Golden Drive on Oct. 24, and taking two six-packs of beer and three bottles of wine. Police say that they also illegally entered between 10 and 14 vehicles that same night. Police recovered two rifles, multiple digital cameras, a laptop computer, and an MP3 player that were determined to be stolen from some of the vehicles as well.
Goodnight pleaded guilty to one count of intent to commit trespassing – auto, a class-five felony, on Thursday. However, Thursday’s plea stemmed from a Jan. 23 incident where Goodnight was arrested at a Rifle residence on 61 counts of trespassing and one count of theft. He was formally charged in January with 15 felony counts of first-degree trespassing – auto.
Goodnight was on bond and due for sentencing in February in the Silt burglary case when he was again arrested on the new charges.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Rifle Police officer was called to a west Rifle neighborhood by a resident who reported a suspicious person wearing a dark “hoodie” and dark basketball shorts.
The officer responded and discovered footprints in the fresh snow and followed footprints from a vehicle to a nearby residence, where Goodnight was staying. Inside the residence, police found a dark “hoodie” and dark basketball shorts in the clothes dryer, and a pair of red “moccasin-type shoes.”
“The shoe pattern was similar to those I observed in the snow outside,” the officer stated in the report.
The officer reported that he followed the footprints to more than 60 vehicles in the neighborhood until the snow began to melt and he lost the track. Not all of the vehicles had been entered, but authorities reported that Goodnight admitted to entering between 10 and 15 vehicles that night and taking a camera from one of them.
Goodnight is scheduled for sentencing in April.
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