Bungling burglar arrested in Basalt
October 3, 2009
BASALT – Basalt police said Friday they arrested the man they believe burglarized a Willits home Sept. 19, then bungled a second attempt a week later.
Ivan Andrade, 18, of El Jebel, allegedly confessed to the burglary when questioned by police Thursday night, according to Basalt Sgt. Stu Curry.
“His thing is, he says he does stupid things when he drinks,” Curry said.
Andrade was charged with second degree burglary, a class III felony; criminal attempt of second degree burglary, a class IV felony; and second degree criminal trespass, a misdemeanor, Curry said. Andrade is being held in the Eagle County jail on $10,000 bond.
Andrade allegedly said he had been drinking the night of the first burglary and that he had taken cocaine and crystal meth, according to Curry. He allegedly picked a single-family house in Willits at random. He found an open window and entered. The owners weren’t home. Andrade said he stole a purse that looked new but had nothing in it, a blue bag with contents that he couldn’t remember and some condoms, according to Curry.
He returned to the same house a week later, found the windows secured and ran off when the owners stirred. Andrade fled on foot and abandoned the car he borrowed from his sister. Police recovered the car and questioned the owner the next day. She said she lent it to her brother and they made an excuse for why it was left at Willits, Curry said.
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Police were able to get a judge to sign a warrant for Andrade’s arrest. He told investigators he acted alone.
The break-in spurred the Willits Homeowners’ Association to speed efforts to establish a Neighborhood Watch program.