Basalt man arrested for burglary
November 27, 2007
BASALT ” A Basalt man was arrested Friday after he allegedly broke into a home near the Roaring Fork Club and stole $2,000 worth of goods.
Matthew Franzen, 46, claimed that the homeowner, Michael Mulcahy, owed him $1,000. Franzen told authorities that he entered Mulcahy’s house, and called Mulcahy from there. When Mulcahy returned home, the court affidavit states that he realized some items were missing.
Later, Franzen called Mulcahy from Clark’s Market in Basalt, and said that he would return the items if Mulcahy paid up. However, court records state that Mulcahy denied being in debt to Franzen.
Basalt police eventually caught up with Franzen at the Ho Palace restaurant in Basalt at 9 p.m. on Friday. He was arrested and charged with burglary and theft, both felonies.