Guns found in alleged getaway vehicle
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Two handguns were confiscated during a search of the black Chevrolet Blazer that was allegedly driven to and from an Old Snowmass break-in earlier this month, according to police.
Steven Elliott of El Jebel and Zane Stahl of Carbondale are both facing felony charges for armed robbery and burglary of a caretaker’s unit on Snowmass Creek Road. According to arrest warrants, police pulled over the suspects driving a black Chevy Blazer after a female in the unit called 911.
An inventory taken by police after searching the vehicle late last week lists a Glock 23 handgun and a Kimber handgun as two items in the car. Joe DiSalvo, the head of investigations for the sheriff’s office, said the “small white bottle with white powdery substance residue” in the car will be tested to determine its contents.
DiSalvo would not comment if the “hosiery” collected from the vehicle matches the hosiery police say they found at the caretaker’s unit. According to an affidavit, Elliott told police he put panty hose over his head just before kicking in the front door and confronting the residents inside with a handgun.
The affidavit also said Elliott told police he had brought Stahl along to help him take marijuana and drug money from the unit, but Stahl refused to enter the home. Both the male resident of the unit and Elliott told police that during a struggle in the home, the victim hit Elliott over the head with Elliott’s handgun.
After being apprehended by police, Elliott was taken to Aspen Valley Hospital, where he was treated for lacerations on his head.
The inventory from the black Blazer also includes a magazine from a handgun containing 10 bullets, a wallet with Elliott’s driver’s license inside and two shoulder holsters.
Both Elliott and Stahl remain in Pitkin County Jail under $100,000 bond each. They are scheduled to be formally charged today with first-degree burglary, criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery, felony menacing and conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
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