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Three charged in Carl’s burglary appear in court

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Three people charged with burglarizing Carl’s Pharmacy in April 2001 appeared in court in Glenwood Springs on Wednesday to each make a plea.

James Herlong, Christopher Shane Miller and Amy Adams face charges relating to the break-in and theft of both drugs and cash from the pharmacy. According to Aspen Police Detective Jim Crowley, Miller, 26, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit burglary of a controlled substance.

Crowley said Miller will be sentenced at the end of August.

Herlong, 24, is still in plea negotiations with prosecutors. Originally charged with second-degree burglary of controlled substances and felony theft, Herlong later told police that Miller and Adams carried out the crime.

A pharmacist at Carl’s told police last year that about $2,000 in pills, including Valium and Lithium, were taken from the store, as was $986 in cash. Police said the street value of the drugs is somewhere between $10 and $20 per pill.

On Wednesday Garfield County District Judge T. Peter Craven ruled prosecutors have enough evidence against Adams to keep her in custody until trial. Pitkin County District Judge J.E. DeVilbiss removed himself from the case.

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Adams, 24, has been in police custody since April 11 and has been held in the Pitkin County Jail since May 7. According to court documents, Adams had been an employee at Carl’s Pharmacy for just under a month when the burglary occurred.

She was originally charged with conspiracy to commit burglary of controlled substances, conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to commit tampering with physical evidence.

According to arrest warrants, a confidential informant told police he had met the trio in a hotel room in Myrtle Beach, Fla., around Easter of 2001, and Miller tried to sell him some of the stolen pills, claiming that Herlong had broken into the pharmacy.

[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com.]

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