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Church burglarized in Gypsum

Veronica Whitney

Eagle County Crime Stoppers needs information that would lead to the arrest and indictment of a suspect involved in a burglary at The Word of Life Worship Center in Gypsum.On July 7, people broke into the church on Second Street and stole three guitars, a keyboard and other items, police said. Police found two open windows in the back of the church, where the suspects possibly entered the building. The approximate theft value is $12,980.

A 16-year-old boy admitted to police he stole a $25 silver ring from a jewelry store in Edwards.The incident occurred July 15 at the Portofino Jewelry store in Riverwalk. A store employee became suspicious after a boy, who had been looking at some rings, left the store. The employee checked the display and noticed two rings were missing. He followed the boy to the Village Market, also in Riverwalk, where he saw the teenager trying to sell the ring to a store employee. When he noticed the ring was from the store, he called the police. Police interviewed the boy who admitted taking the ring and said he was sorry. The Eagle County Sheriff’s deputy advised the boy and his mother that he would be completing a criminal juvenile summons for the theft. Last month, police arrested a juvenile for stealing a $200 necklace from the same store.

An 18-year-old woman who had parked her car at the Colorado River boat ramp at Dotsero came back hours later to find the passenger window smashed.The woman parked her car at mile marker 136 of Highway 6 at noon July 15. When she came back, she found a rock that had apparently been used to break the window, police said. About $30 were taken from her purse, as well as her Colorado driver’s license.Other similar incidents have been reported to police this year. On April 25, two cars were broken into at the West Lake Creek trailhead parking lot.

When hikers found an empty tent and two sleeping bags at the top of Mount Holy Cross on July 10, they got concerned that a hiker was possibly lost or injured and called police.The hiker, who had also found a backpack, noticed that animals were starting to get into it and it looked it had been left for some time. He also found a Bible with a name, police said.Shortly before putting a search and rescue team together, police found the Bible owner in Lamar.Police called the Lamar hiker and he said he was well. He told police he and a friend had been hiking on Mount Holy Cross when they were caught in a lightning storm. He said he and his friend got scared and they dumped everything and got off the mountain. The hiker agreed to go back and retrieve his equipment.

Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or at

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