Teen and 20-something go on burglary spree
Young men burglarize string of Glenwood Springs homes
Responding to a single burglary in the 1500 block of Crawford Way last Saturday, Glenwood Springs police eventually found that at least three homes in the area were burglarized the night before.
Some jewelry and $70 cash were stolen from the first home. The resident told police he’d seen someone moving in the house the night before, but he thought it was his wife.
Minutes later another burglary was reported in the 4700 block of Morgan Street. The woman who lived there told police she thought someone had come into her room in the night, but she later dismissed it as a dream. In the morning she found her bedroom door wide open, and a stereo, a half-full bottle of rum and a bottle of whiskey were missing.
Police say the burglars had gone through her basement, closet, desk and bureau.
She also found a prescription bottle for her son’s asthma medication nearly emptied on the floor near a water bottle containing orange liquid with sediment in the bottom, which police believed to be used to mix the medication with another liquid, according to the affidavit.
At a third house in the 1600 block of Winters Lane, a resident found that some clothing and dog medication had been taken the same night. The resident said someone had rifled through her belongings, leaving doors and drawers open.
In the afternoon, Garfield County deputies pulled over a car on First and Main streets in Silt with four people inside. Two of those people were a 19-year-old man from Silt and a 20-year-old man from Grand Junction, both of whom were later arrested in connection to the burglaries.
A man also in the car said he had dropped the two off to get drugs, but they had come back with “large backpacks full of items,” saying they had burglarized two houses and had stolen a gun, according to an affidavit.
A 21-year-old woman in the car had an active Rifle warrant and was arrested. She told police that four people were involved in the burglaries, not just the two young men.
In the car, deputies found “paraphernalia used to smoke methamphetamine” and “a small gray bag with multiple empty syringes,” according to an affidavit.
Both young men were arrested, each on three counts of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony; three counts of first-degree criminal trespass, a class 5 felony; and one count of misdemeanor theft.
The 20-year-old received additional charges of failure to comply, felony escapes, violation of a restraining order and possession/consumption of alcohol by a minor.
3 years community corrections for serial bicycle thief
Brandon Hodgden, a 35-year-old Rifle man facing charges stemming from the theft of $43,000 worth of bicycles last year, received a three-year sentence to community corrections Thursday.
He was arrested on charges of felony burglary and theft, believed to be tied to at least 34 bikes stolen out of Glenwood Springs over a four-month period.
A witness told police she’d seen Hodgden dropping off several dozen bikes over the summer, then spray painting them and selling them either upvalley or in Denver, according to earlier Post Independent reports.
The sentence also covered a separate trespassing case. In this case Hodgden was high on methamphetamine and broke into someone’s vehicle, said Deputy District Attorney Peter Beyel. In that case he received six months unsupervised probation.
The prosecution and defense’s requests for sentencing didn’t differ much. Beyel asked for three years community corrections, noting Hodgden’s significant criminal history that includes prior trespassing, burglary and drug convictions adding up to seven lifetime felonies.
Beyel also said Hodgden admitted to selling methamphetamine in the past, but the deputy district attorney expressed hope for his prospects at rehabilitation.
Public Defender Kathryn Wentzel asked Judge Daniel Petre for two years community corrections, saying Hodgden was a genuine man who’d gone long periods without trouble with the law and has a good shot at rehabilitation.
Handing down the three-year community corrections sentence, the judge expressed concern over Hodgden’s drug problems and ongoing connections to the drug community in Garfield County.
Glenwood Springs man attempts ATM burglaries
The ATMs at both of Alpine Bank’s Glenwood Springs location were the target of an unsuccessful burglar with a crowbar, say police.
After Glenwood Springs police responded to attempted burglaries at those locations back in September, investigators believe they’ve now nabbed their man, a 22-year-old man living out of his vehicle in Glenwood Springs.
Surveillance footage at the bank on Grand Avenue showed a man “wearing gloves a hood and mask enter the bank around (6:19 a.m.)” one morning.
At both ATMs officers noted red and yellow paint transfer where there was damage to the outside of the machines.
The arrest affidavit says nothing about any footage showing the damage being done, and “there was no footage available from the West Glenwood Springs Alpine bank location.”
Later that evening Glenwood Springs police responded to an altercation at the Kum and Go on Sixth Street. In the process, they impounded a vehicle that belongs to the 22-year-old man eventually arrested for the crime.
Inside they found a backpack containing a black mask and a yellow, 18-inch Stanley crowbar, which had red paint transfer on it, according to police. A Colorado Bureau of Investigation lab later confirmed that the paint could have come from the ATM and vice versa.
In January, the Glenwood Springs man went to the Garfield County Jail to visit an inmate. All inmate visits at the jail are recorded with audio and video, the affidavit notes.
During this visit the two talked about “casing” the ATM at Iron Mountain Hot Springs Lodge, according to police. They also talked about returning to the hot springs to break into that ATM, according to an affidavit.
He was arrested on two counts of attempted third-degree burglary, a class 6 felony; possession of burglary tools, a class 5 felony; and criminal mischief, a class 6 felony.
Felony charge for carving bar top
Glenwood Springs police arrested a 37-year-old Rifle man on a charge of felony criminal mischief ($1,000 to $4,999) after bartenders said he used a knife to carve into the their bar top.
Bartenders at Springs Bar reported they’d found fresh carvings into the bar top with the letter “Z” and the number “16” where the man was sitting, according to an affidavit.
He’d left before police arrived, but a bartender described him as a white man with tattooed arms and possible a prosthetic leg.
The arrest affidavit does not say anything about whether the security surveillance actually shows him carving into the bar with a knife, nor does it mention whether anyone saw the Rifle man with a knife.
He later told police over the phone that nothing had happened at the bar, but that the bartender refused to hand over his credit card, possibly due to a misunderstanding about his tab.
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