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Glenwood Medical burglary suspect faces new charges

John Stroud
Post Independent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – A Glenwood Springs man who just recently received probation from a Pitkin County judge for stealing painkillers from monks at St. Benedict’s Monastery in Old Snowmass is now facing multiple charges for a series of break-ins aimed at obtaining drugs from a local medical clinic.

Daniel Jackson Kramer, 23, was formally charged Feb. 9 by 9th Judicial District Attorney Martin Beeson with four counts of second-degree burglary involving the theft of a controlled substance, a class three felony, and two counts for possession of the painkiller Fentanyl, a class four felony.

Kramer was arrested Jan. 27 in Denver on a Glenwood Springs police warrant for allegedly breaking into the Glenwood Medical Associates building at 1830 Blake Ave. during the late-night hours of Jan. 13 and again Jan. 23 or 24.

Police were aware at the time that painkillers had been stolen from one of the medical practices located in the facility. But the case against Kramer was still under investigation at the time of his initial arrest.

Kramer remains in the Garfield County Jail on $5,000 bond. He is due for an arraignment hearing in Garfield County District Court on March 8 for the first set of charges.

According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, a new warrant was also issued Wednesday for another set of burglaries allegedly involving Kramer.

Police suspect that Kramer, on Jan. 9, broke into the St. Stephen’s Catholic Church, located across the street from Glenwood Medical Associates, stole $25 and also caused $500 in damage, Wilson said.

The following night, he allegedly broke into St. Stephen’s School next door and stole in excess of $1,000. Kramer could face additional felony burglary, trespassing and theft charges in those cases as well, Wilson said.

In mid-December, Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols sentenced Kramer to probation as part of a one-year deferred judgment for a series of thefts at the St. Benedict’s Monastery.

In that case, Kramer was caught on surveillance video on Aug. 29, 2010, taking a prescription bottle containing Vicodin tablets from a monk’s room during Mass. Kramer was a member of the congregation there at the time.

Other monks had reported prescription drug bottles and pills missing over the course of several months, dating back to November 2009. That prompted the camera to be placed in the room where Kramer was observed taking the painkillers.

He was convicted for possession of less than 4 grams of a schedule-two substance (Vicodin), a class six felony. As part of a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed one felony count of second-degree burglary and two misdemeanors.

His one-year probation allowed that the felony conviction would be expunged from his record if he didn’t commit any new crimes during that time.

Nichols said during Kramer’s sentencing hearing that she found the case troubling, but that she believed Kramer to be sincere about his effort to get help for his substance abuse problem.

In a brief statement to the court at the time, Kramer said: “I feel horrible about my actions, and at this point all I hope is … to move forward in my life.”

Public defender James Conway also indicated that Kramer planned to enter an out-patient treatment program “to get a handle on his problems.”

Glenwood Springs police began suspecting Kramer in the Glenwood Medical break-ins in January after a security guard at Valley View Hospital next door reported that he had observed a person entering the lower level of the building using a key at the time of the first break-in.

It was during the second break-in that the painkillers were reported stolen, according to police.

jstroud@postindependent.com


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