Basalt police seek link in burglary cases
December 1, 2007
BASALT ” Police investigators are trying to tie four suspects in a rash of burglaries in Garfield County to four break-ins at Basalt restaurants this fall.
Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said there is little doubt in his mind that the cases are related because of the methods used to gain entry to the businesses. In all cases, doors or windows were pried open.
The Glenwood Springs Police Department made four arrests for burglaries in late November and a fifth arrest was made Friday in Rifle. Investigators told the Glenwood Post Independent that as many as five more arrests are expected in coming days.
Ikeda said the suspects have admitted to burglaries or knowledge of burglaries to businesses in Glenwood Springs, Carbondale and unincorporated Garfield County. “We cannot get any admission or tie-in to the Basalt burglaries at this time,” he said.
Only officers from Glenwood Springs have interrogated the suspects so far. Ikeda said multiple agencies are working together in the case. Officers intend to check the suspects’ alibis for the night when the Basalt businesses were hit and also check evidence for connections to the Basalt heists.
Ikeda said he couldn’t explain why the suspects would confess to burglaries or knowledge of the burglaries in other jurisdictions but not in Basalt. He said it is important to get convictions in the Basalt cases because prosecutors could then get an order requiring the suspects to pay restitution and damages to the affected businesses.
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The four Basalt restaurants were hit in the wee hours of Oct. 30. Cafe Bernard and Two Rivers Cafe, both downtown, were broken into along with Ho Palace and Redstone Pizza near the Basalt Store complex.
Police said at the time that the burglaries appeared tied to a rash of break-ins farther downvalley. The Glenwood Post Independent reported that the suspects might have hit as many as 38 places in 17 months in Garfield County.
The suspects were identified by police as Bradley Guyon, 19; William Riddle, 18; David Iuele, 19; Sean Egan, 19; and a 17-year-old male who wasn’t identified because of his age.