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Glenwood cops nab burglary suspect

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Glenwood Springs Police arrested a suspected burglar on Friday, which could come as a relief to residents in some neighborhoods that have been concerned over a recent string of about 20 residential break-ins.

Jeremiah Johnson Brown, 33, was arrested near the 2300 block of Palmer Avenue at about 3:30 p.m. on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft and first-degree criminal trespass. He hasn’t been accused in any other burglaries and hadn’t posted a $12,750 bond as of Tuesday afternoon.

“Basically he came up and knocked on someone’s door,” Police Chief Terry Wilson said. “Someone answered the door and he gave them a reason that he was in the neighborhood. They felt it was kind of suspicious and called us.”

Police contacted Brown walking on Bennett Avenue and found what they believe was stolen property, Wilson said, and Brown was arrested after further investigation. He didn’t disclose further details of the arrest.

Wilson said he couldn’t comment on whether or not he believes Brown committed any of the other burglaries because of the ongoing investigation. There haven’t been any burglaries reported since the arrest, and Wilson said previously he suspected many of the burglaries were linked.

The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported in April 2005 that a Jeremiah Brown, who was 31 at the time, was arrested after a string of around eight to 10 residential burglaries in about a month. It was reported that Brown entered through a dog door in the back of a house and took prescription painkillers, later admitting to some of the other burglaries.

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Wilson said there have been about 20 residential break-ins in Glenwood Springs since June ” a period when police might expect two such crimes at most. There was a cluster of break-ins in the neighborhood near Glenwood Springs Elementary School, others around town, and a second cluster in the South Park neighborhood near Polo Road about two weeks ago. Most involved a burglar attempting to enter unoccupied homes and passing by valuable items that would have normally been stolen.

Darrin Magee, who lives on Polo Road, said a neighborhood meeting was called after people in the area became aware of several similar break-ins.

“It was pretty clear that the thief was after narcotics,” Magee said.

Residents wondered if the police or the media could have done a better job alerting people.

Magee said neighbors wondered, “Why don’t we as a fairly tightly knit neighborhood know about burglaries in our back yard?”

Wilson attended the meeting about a week ago, when more than 50 people showed up. He described the break-ins and shared security tips. Magee said people came together and discussed how they could be good neighbors and watch out for each other.

“One thing that’s heartening is how quickly folks are willing to band together,” he said.

Mike Sawyer said his house, near Colorado Avenue and 13th street, was broken into almost four weeks ago. He said the burglar managed to enter through a window in the afternoon when no one was there and walked past a passport, checkbooks, credit card information and electronics to steal painkillers from his medicine cabinet.

“I went to the medicine cabinet and sure enough everything was kind of rummaged through and the couple of painkillers I had were gone,” he said. “It’s definitely someone who’s been striking downtown residences and looking for one thing. … It’s obviously an invasion of your privacy and makes you very conscious of locking doors and thinking about your valuables, which is something that living in a small town it’s kind of nice not to have to do.”