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Coin thief busted in Cordillera

Steve Lynn
Vail CO Colorado

Editor’s note: The following excerpts were taken from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.

CORDILLERA, Colorado ” A man who had worked in a home returned later and stole an estimated $200 in change from the home, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

A jar full of change was broken in the driveway of the home, and the man was found later with the change wrapped in his sweatshirt after noon on June 26.

The homeowner said he recognized the man, who had cleaned rooms in the home earlier that day.

The man was arrested after he went with another man to a woman’s home nearby. The woman saw the men walking toward her sliding glass door, which she pounded on to scare the men away. They ran into the bushes, and she called police.

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Security officers found the man who stole the change hiding in the bushes. He was detained, but the other man was not found.

The alleged change thief was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft, criminal mischief and third-degree criminal trespassing.

GYPSUM ” A woman hit a 42-year-old man with a bottle after she said the man pushed her baby, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The 42-year-old man had started an argument with the woman, and he called police and said that a man was throwing beer bottles at him June 27.

However, the 42-year-old man, who had blood around his mouth, told a sheriff’s deputy that the woman, 35, had hit him with a bottle and that he never pushed her or her baby. A witness confirmed the man’s story.

The woman denied hitting the man. She was ticketed for third-degree assault.

GYPSUM ” A sheriff’s deputy found a 14-year-old boy’s bike the same day it was reported stolen, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

Surveillance video footage showed a man wearing a black shirt and jeans had stolen the bike when the boy was inside a restaurant around 3:30 p.m. June 27.

That night, the deputy was driving when she saw a blue bike that matched the description of the boy’s bike. She brought the bike to the boy’s home.

EDWARDS ” Two friends fought after one friend criticized the other for making less money and being older, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The men reportedly were fighting in a garage before a sheriff’s deputy arrived June 28. At first, the men said nothing happened, but the younger man’s eyebrow was bleeding, and he had blood on his hands and dirt on his shirt.

The younger man, 23, said he and his older friend, 33, were drinking when they got into an argument about the older man making less money.

The men were ticketed for third-degree assault and disorderly


GILMAN ” Two men were ticketed after they stole around $500 in scrap metal from the closed-off, abandoned mining town of Gilman, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The men, 37 and 42 years old, were detained June 24 by a security official for the Ginn Development Co., which wants to build employee housing in Gilman for its proposed private ski resort.

The security official saw the men in a pickup truck leaving through a gate that they had broken to get to the town in the first place. The men said they got copper wire and aluminum, in the bed of the truck, from a building in Gilman.

The men said they were in the area fishing and decided to get some metal to sell. They denied having broken the gate to enter the town.

The 37-year-old driver said a sheriff’s deputy could search the truck for bolt cutters, which the men didn’t bring, he said.

Instead, the deputy found a marijuana pipe in the driver’s tool box. The driver said it was his pipe and that “it’s legal in Denver.”

The men were ticketed for theft, second-degree criminal trespass

and criminal mischief. The driver also was ticketed for possession of drug paraphernalia.

EAGLE ” Construction crews on a commercial project at Eagle Ranch were shut down after they worked on a Sunday without a permit, according to the Eagle Police Department.

A call from a person complaining about noise led to a visit from the cops.

The crews also did not have a permit to work extended hours. They were warned they would be ticketed for violating the town’s nuisance ordinance if they continued.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this article. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 970-748-2931 or

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