Blood drops net Eagle burglary suspects |

Blood drops net Eagle burglary suspects

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE ” DNA evidence led to the arrest of two boys accused of breaking into a liquor store, according to Eagle police.

A window at Primavera Liquors was broken with a rock and $150 in liquor was stolen March 21.

A video camera recorded grainy images of two burglars, and drops of blood were left behind on the broken window.

Blood samples were sent to a Colorado Bureau of Investigation lab. Recently, the results came back linking the DNA to a boy, who already had a record with police.

The boy and a friend decided to break into the liquor store because they were bored and thought the robbery would be a “rush,” the boy said.

They rode their bikes to the store, broke the window, then entered and loaded liquor bottles into a backpack.

As they were riding away, they heard police sirens and panicked. They dumped the backpack in a park, rode to the cemetery hid for a while.

The next morning, they went to get the backpack, but it was gone.

The other boy also confessed when confronted by his parents. Both boys are facing burglary charges.

AVON ” A man lost $2,500 after he cashed a fake check at his bank and wired the majority of the money to Canada, Avon police said.

In a classified advertisement in the Vail Daily, a company calling itself “ICM” said it was looking for locals to participate in a quality assurance test of MoneyGram, a money transfer service.

The man answered the ad and was sent a cashier’s check for $2,500. He was told to cash it at his bank and to take the cash to a MoneyGram branch to buy a wire transfer for $2,150 for “Heather Routeledge” in Ontario, Canada.

The man was told to keep the remainder as payment for participating in the test, after the wire transfer fee was paid.

The man’s bank later said that the cashier’s check was fraudulent and that he owed $2,500.

The case is being investigated. The ad is no longer running in the newspaper.

GYPSUM ” A sheriff’s deputy called police after a drunk driver almost ran him off the road, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

A woman in a sports utility vehicle was speeding and weaving on Interstate 70, two people reported. She was pulled over.

The woman said she drank one glass of wine in Vail, but she was unsteady on her feet. She blamed her cowboy boots for her bad balance.

As the woman took a roadside sobriety test, another car pulled over. The driver, a Mesa County sheriff’s deputy, had reported the woman.

The woman was following him so closely, she almost ran him off the road in her SUV, the deputy said.

The woman’s blood alcohol content was almost twice the legal limit of .08.

EAGLE ” A 1 a.m. disturbance on Tanager Circle on Oct. 21, led police to a whole house-full of bloodied people, according to a police report.

A woman with blood on her clothes and face met officers at the door, saying “everybody” was drunk. The woman indicated she got bloody while trying to stop the fight.

Inside, the officer found three bloody men sitting at a table. One man said all three had gotten hurt when they slipped and fell on some ice.

Yet another witness, the wife of one of the culprits, said that when she came home, she found the men, who had emptied a bottle of Jagermeister, arguing over Nazi-related issues. The argument escalated into a physical fight, and moved outdoors.

The men had bloodshot eyes and slurred speech, and weren’t that cooperative. One man, who had a gash on his head, refused medical treatment. A second man, wearing only boxer shorts, yelled at the officers and was uncooperative.

Eventually, all three men were charged with disorderly conduct. The man with the gash on his head was also charged with violating a restraining order, which was intended to restrict him from drinking.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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