Vehicle crashes into Vail liquor store |

Vehicle crashes into Vail liquor store

NWS W.Vail Liquor Crash DT 4-18-12

VAIL, Colo. – Police say they believe that a Denver man didn’t do quite enough braking while breaking and entering at a local liquor store.

Moses Antonio Heguy Jr., 42, is suspected of driving his Jeep Cherokee into the West Vail Liquor Mart’s front doors and stealing three bottles of wine just after 4 a.m. Wednesday, Vail police said.

Heguy maneuvered his Jeep up the sidewalk on the building’s east side, so all he had to climb over was a curb instead of trying to make the truck climb the steps in front of the building.

After he worked his way into position and crashed into the doors, he allegedly stole the wine and left.

The store has a sophisticated security system, which determined that something pretty awful was happening.

Vail police and firefighters were on the scene in moments, but no one else was there when they arrived, police said.

While they were finishing up their investigation, Heguy reportedly arrived at the scene, which was still conspicuously populated with Vail police vehicles.

He parked his Jeep in one of the store’s convenient and reserved parking spaces in front of the building, leaving it running with the keys in it.

Vail police arrested him immediately.

This would be the first time the store has been robbed, said Laurie Mullin, one of the owners.

“The Vail police, fire department and everyone involved was great and very professional. I was very impressed with them,” Mullin said.

The store opened on time Wednesday morning.

The double doors and other panes of glass along the front of the store were broken. Heguy allegedly was intoxicated when he was arrested.

“At least no one was injured,” Sgt. Bill Claussen said. “He managed to avoid injury despite the amount of broken glass he created.”

Heguy faces charges of DUI, second-degree burglary, violation of a restraining order and criminal mischief – felonies. Because police say he was drinking while under a restraining order, he’s being held in the Eagle County Jail without bail until a judge advises him of his charges and bond can be set, Claussen said.

Heguy hadn’t been in contact with Vail police before, but he was wanted on an outstanding felony warrant from Denver, Claussen said.

“It’s his first time for us. It’s not the first time he’s had contact with law enforcement agencies,” Claussen said. “He’s having a rough day.”

He’s on probation in Jefferson County for a misdemeanor protection violation. There’s a separate case for misdemeanor domestic abuse and false imprisonment, according to his criminal records.

Then in Denver he saw his charges for second-degree assault with a weapon, felony menacing and false imprisonment reduced to a misdemeanor.

His jury trial on the Denver charges is scheduled for June.

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