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Two arrested in Glenwood burglary

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Glenwood Springs Police arrested two juveniles Wednesday in connection with a burglary, while a third suspect remained at large.

Wednesday’s break-in was the sixth in the past two weeks in Glenwood Springs.

According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, a homeowner in the Veltus Park area near Red Mountain found three juveniles ransacking her home and called police in the early afternoon. Police gave chase and apprehended two of the three suspects at about 2 p.m. Wednesday.



“We have two juveniles in custody at this time that we are investigating as suspects in at least one, if not multiple, home burglaries,” Wilson said.

Wilson said officers are investigating three other burglaries in the same area near Red Mountain, a fifth at a West Glenwood apartment, and another “possible” attempted robbery at Geno’s Liquors. The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a separate break-in at another residence in West Glenwood Springs on Mel Ray Road. The two West Glenwood burglaries happened at separate residences no more than two blocks apart on consecutive nights.




The first burglary happened at the home on Mel Ray Road to the north of the Glenwood Springs Mall on Feb. 18; the second incident occurred at the Village Green Apartments on Feb. 19.

The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the Feb. 18 incident; a 37-inch television, a Mac laptop computer and some miscellaneous clothing were reported stolen. Authorities were contacted at 6:49 p.m. and the Sheriff’s Office determined that the crime occurred during the day while the resident was at work. The burglars entered by force.

One of the Red Mountain burglaries occurred sometime between 1 and 3 p.m. Tuesday. The perpetrators entered by breaking a window. Wilson did not have specifics on what was taken from the home. Given the close proximity and nature of the burglaries, some of the incidents, if not all of them, may be connected, Wilson said.

“When there are this many and they are this close, you have to start thinking in those terms,” Wilson said. “I would find it unusual if we had different groups of burglars working at the same time.”

Wilson said in the Village Green Apartments burglary, it appeared as though someone gained access to the residence from a rear entrance, as the residents slept, and made their way through the ground level, taking a purse and a set of car keys that was hanging on the wall near the door.

The perpetrators allegedly stole a book of compact discs from one of the resident’s vehicles and stole another vehicle, a 2007 Honda Civic, belonging to the resident as well.

The Civic was recovered by police on Saturday, Feb. 28, near Meadowlark Lane in South Glenwood Springs, after the owners saw the car being driven around the night before, according to Wilson.

The investigations in all the other cases remain open.

On top of the six reported burglaries, Glenwood Police responded to another possible attempted burglary on Feb. 22 at Geno’s Liquors. However, Wilson said that police were unsure if this was an “attempted” robbery or just a case of criminal mischief.

Police were called to the store around 3 a.m. Sunday. Upon arrival they found a door window had been broken and had set off the security alarm.

According to Wilson, the property owner confirmed that nothing from inside the store had been taken.

“It could have been nothing more than someone smashing some glass and being driven off by the alarm,” Wilson said.

Wilson encourages all residents of Glenwood to be on the watch for any suspicious behavior.

“Keep an eye out, lock up, and call and report anything suspicious,” Wilson said. “The eyes and ears of the community are our best resource in this situation.”

jgardner@postindependent.com

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Glenwood Springs Police arrested a third juvenile suspect in connection with Wednesday’s burglary in the Veltus Park area.

According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, officers arrested a juvenile boy Thursday morning.

The three suspects in Wednesday’s break-in are between the ages of 15 and 17, police said.


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