‘Green, leafy substance’ is allegedly found in the home of robbery victims
March 13, 2002
Police found containers of a “green, leafy substance” at an Old Snowmass residence where an attempted robbery occurred late last week, according to a search warrant filed Tuesday.
Steven Elliott and Zane Stahl, who are both facing felony charges for armed robbery and burglary, allegedly told police they went to the house last Thursday to steal marijuana and drug money. The house that was entered, a caretaker’s unit at 11000 Snowmass Creek Rd., was searched by police the night after the break-in.
The inventory of items confiscated at the residence lists several containers of a green, leafy substance taken from the home’s refrigerator, a coffee table drawer, the bedroom, the pantry and the foyer. Police also took a “Vripmaster” glass bong and a plastic mini-bong from the house, according to the search warrant.
Investigator Ron Ryan said some initial tests on the substances had been done to determine if it was marijuana, but he would not comment on the results because of the ongoing investigation. He also would not comment on whether or not the unit’s residents will be charged with possession of illegal substances.
According to initial reports, police were alerted to the burglary when a woman at the residence called police to report a man with a gun was in the house. Elliott and Stahl were later taken into custody along Snowmass Creek Road, after they tried to flee the crime scene, police said.
During an interview with police, Elliott said that six months ago his roommate told him that the resident of the caretaker’s unit, known as “Adam,” sells marijuana, according to the search warrant affidavit. Elliott said his roommate told him Adam goes into his bedroom and comes out with the drugs.
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Elliott also told police he gathered information from his friends about where Adam lives, and his vehicle description. He said that, although he asked his roommate to “help him steal drugs and money” from the alleged drug dealer, his roommate refused, the warrant states.
Elliott later picked up Stahl, who he had convinced to go along to the caretaker’s unit, the warrant states, although he later refused to participate in the break-in. Warrants say that Elliott and the two victims in the residence told police that Elliott entered the home with a pair of pantyhose disguising his face, and pointed a gun at the victims, who were in bed at the time.
Victims told police that the male resident jumped on the intruder, striking the man three times over the head with the intruder’s own gun while the woman ran outside and called police. The victim also allegedly told police that inside his unit was “our bong and our weed” and that he did not know Elliott or Stahl.
Both Elliot and Stahl currently remain in Pitkin County Jail, where they are being held on $100,000 bond each. They will be formally charged with first-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery, felony menacing and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.