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Police: Men admit to rash of car break-ins

Steve Benson
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Two Glenwood Springs men were caught Thursday following a massive spree of car break-ins throughout the valley.

John Joseph Kerby, 23, and Scott Allen Beecraft, 22, were initially charged with criminal trespass and theft related to four car break-ins in Aspen. In custody, however, the pair said they broke in to more than 30 cars between Aspen and Glenwood Springs late Wednesday night and early Thursday morning, according to Jim Crowley, a detective with the Aspen Police Department.

All of the cars were unlocked, and items such as CD cases, purses and wallets were stolen. A similar incident occurred in Basalt late last year, and no arrests were made.

Crowley said police didn’t know whether the men are connected to that incident.

“It may be related, but we don’t know that yet,” he said.

Kerby and Beecraft were apprehended after Glenwood Springs police received a call about illegal dumping at Valley View Hospital. The pair was allegedly unloading some of their stolen booty into a trash bin when they were caught.

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“There were some IDs and credit cards and stuff stolen from other places as well,” Crowley said.

An inspection of their car revealed a enormous amount of stolen goods, Crowley added.

He urged Aspen residents to report any missing or stolen items from their cars.

Both men were being held in the Garfield County Jail.

Steve Benson’s e-mail address is sbenson@aspentimes.com

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