UPDATE: Burglar gets stuck in air vent breaking into Garfield County Fairgrounds
An attempted burglary left a man caught in a trap of his own making Wednesday morning.
The 27-year old Rifle resident tried to break into the Garfield County Fairgrounds, authorities said. Officers found him at the scene minutes into what they said was his second burglary within an hour, unable to escape after trapping himself in an air vent.
Fairgrounds Manager Debra Adams called the incident a “complete mystery” because there is “not a thing out there for him to steal.”
At 12:57 a.m. Wednesday, Rifle Chief of Police Tommy Klein received an alarm call from Go-Fer Foods on Fifth and Railroad Avenue. Officers found the side window broken and cash taken from the register.
About an hour later, at 1:41 a.m., the department received a call about banging and screaming coming from the fairgrounds. The officers left Go-Fer for the fairgrounds only to find their burglar waiting for them there.
After climbing onto the roof of the indoor arena to investigate the screaming and banging coming from the building, officers noticed the lid had been broken off one of the air ducts. They looked down to find the man wedged in the vent.
The fire department had to be called to help pull him out.
Colorado River Fire Rescue public information officer Maria Piña said that fire crews responded with one engine and ambulance and lowered a rope from the roof to pull him out. Klein said that officers found significant evidence to link him to the Go-Fer Foods break-in.
The man was charged with two counts of 2nd-degree burglary, two counts of criminal mischief, and theft of over $300 and less than $750.
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Aspen and Snowmass Village make the Aspen Times’ work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Each donation will be used exclusively for the development and creation of increased news coverage.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
A hearing scheduled for a man accused of beating his roommate has been postponed because the lawyer for the defendant says additional information has surfaced.