Alleged thieves hit with felony charges
Local authorities filed felony charges Wednesday against an out-of-state couple suspected of committing a string of thefts last month along the West Coast and in Aspen, according to court documents.
Dylan Deshields, 24, and Shylo Short, 22, both of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, each face one count of felony trespassing and one count of felony theft for allegedly breaking into three cars in the Aspen area and stealing items from inside them, according to arrest warrants filed Wednesday in Pitkin County District Court.
The couple were implicated in two July 4 car break-ins in the Woody Creek area and another up Independence Pass at a popular trailhead. They were caught July 11 in Colorado Springs after police there were called to check on a suspicious vehicle that turned out to be stolen, according to a Colorado Springs Police affidavit filed as an exhibit with the Pitkin County arrest warrant.
A credit card, a Colorado driver’s license and a Sam’s Club card in the name of one of the Independence Pass victims and a Colorado driver’s license in the name of one of the Woody Creek victims were found in the car after Colorado Springs officers searched it, according to that agency’s police report.
Items stolen from those vehicles — including a snowboard, a pair of fishing waders and a magazine from a 9mm handgun — also were found in the stolen Kia Optima the couple was driving in Colorado Springs, Pitkin County Deputy Anthony Todaro has said. The 9mm handgun the magazine went with, which was also stolen, was not recovered, he said.
Financial devices and identification from three other people also were found in the car, according to the Colorado Springs police report. Police also found a number of other items in the vehicle, including a desktop computer, an Xbox gaming system, multiple cellphones, designer sunglasses and a Prada purse, the Colorado Springs police report states.
Short also had “multiple financial documents” not in her name in her purse, that police report states.
Deshields admitted he stole the Kia in San Diego County and that he broke into another vehicle to steal a wallet. He told police he used a credit card from that wallet to purchase the Xbox and the Prada purse, the Colorado Springs report states.
Deshields is facing multiple felony charges in El Paso County, while Short is facing two felonies there.
Police in Warrenton, Oregon, first sounded an alarm about the couple after they allegedly used a stolen debit card to purchase items in that city. Surveillance video from a Warrenton Wal-Mart showed the couple driving a Hyundai sedan that was stolen June 14 in Las Vegas, according to news releases from Warrenton police. That car was found burned July 1 in San Diego County with charred stolen IDs and items inside it, not far from where the Kia was reported stolen, the Warrenton release states.
After distributing crime bulletins in the region, Warrenton police determined that Deshields and Short “were committing similar crimes all along the West Coast as they (moved) south from Washington through Oregon and into California,” the release states.
Deshields remained at the El Pass County Jail as of Wednesday, according to online jail records. Short was not listed Wednesday as an inmate at the jail.
It was not clear Wednesday when Deshields and Short might be returned to Aspen to face the felony charges.
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