Three arrested for rash of Glenwood-area car break-ins
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Two Glenwood Springs detectives working in an undercover vehicle Wednesday night arrested three individuals who police believe are responsible for a rash of vehicle break-ins.
The detectives arrested Steven Morgan, 20, and Christian Guyon, 18, along with a juvenile on suspicion of theft and eight counts each of criminal trespass into a vehicle. All three suspects are Glenwood Springs residents.
In early November, Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson warned area residents to lock their vehicles after some three dozen thefts from vehicles were reported in a two-month period. Most of the thefts involved unlocked vehicles and valuables left in plain sight.
Cell phones, laptop computers, digital music players, portable DVD players and even firearms were among the stolen items. In a news release, the Glenwood Springs Police Department said as many as 2,000 vehicles had been broken into over the past six months in the Glenwood Springs area.
Wilson said that figure is a rough estimate based on the approximate number of vehicles the trio entered each night and the duration of the crime spree.
“It’s been pretty much a nightly occurrence,” Wilson said.
He said many break-ins likely went unreported and many of them may not have resulted in a theft.
The suspects have each been initially charged with eight counts of criminal trespass because that’s how many break-ins in which police feel they have a solid case against the individuals.
Police said in news release that two detectives were driving around Glenwood in an undercover vehicle Wednesday before midnight when they spotted people breaking into vehicles on Sopris Avenue. The juvenile and Guyon were arrested, but Morgan got away; he was arrested the next morning, police said.
Police said they recovered items stolen from multiple vehicles that were stashed under a bush, and other items from the residence at which Morgan was arrested. Guyon admitted that he broke into “several” vehicles with Morgan and the juvenile, police said in an arrest affidavit. He allegedly told police he’d been doing it on and off for three months, but the other two were doing it “a lot longer.” He said they took the stolen items to a house where Morgan and the juvenile lived, and sold them for cash, but that he had made less than $100, police said.
The juvenile may have caught a lucky legal break because he was 17 years old at the time of his arrest, but turned 18 on Sunday. Juveniles are typically prosecuted in a more lenient manner.
Police will post a list of recovered property at the police station and at http://www.glenwoodpolice.com. Police said investigation is ongoing and more arrests may occur; anyone with information about the crimes is encouraged to contact the police department at 384-6500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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