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Cops: Glass trail leads to Avon car burglar

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado
Eagle County Sheriff's OfficeJoshua J. Abshier
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AVON, Colorado ” A man who left a trail of glass from a car he broke into all the way to the apartment in which he was staying was arrested Monday morning, Avon police said.

Joshua J. Abshier, 22, of Lakewood, was on vacation with his girlfriend, Ashley E. Reedholm, 19, of Morrison, police said. The couple were staying at Falcon Point in Avon, where Abshier broke into three cars Sunday night, according to an Avon police report.

Abshier said he broke the window of one of those cars with a screwdriver and glass fell onto three jackets inside, police said. Abshier picked them up and ran into the apartment when the car’s alarm sounded, police said.

Glass fell from the jackets all the way to the door to the apartment, Avon police Sgt. Jonathan Lovins said.

Monday morning, Avon police found the trail (with help from a maintenance worker), searched Abshier’s apartment but found nothing, Lovins said.

Later, police talked to Abshier as he was checking out of the apartment with his girlfriend. His license had been taken away for driving under the influence, but Abshier said he wasn’t going to drive his gold Mercedes-Benz, near which he was standing, the report says.

Abshier said he was waiting for his brother to pick him up and also said that his brother was driving his mother to Denver, the report says.

“The guy was just sketchy,” Lovins said. “He wasn’t really consistent in his story.”

Police left and Abshier was later pulled over on an Interstate 70 on-ramp, the report says.

As Reedholm sat in a police car with the couple’s 2-year-old child, police found a pill that wasn’t prescribed to her in her purse, the report says.

Stolen possessions ” such as a credit cards ” and marijuana were found in Abshier’s car.

Abshier said he stole a CD case, a camera and a pair of binoculars, the report says. Two of the jackets and an iPod Abshier said he stole were found at Falcon Point, the report says.

Abshier was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass, a felony, and theft and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

Reedholm’s charges included possession of a controlled substance, a felony, and child abuse, a misdemeanor, because she had the painkiller in her purse while her child was with her, Lovins said.

Abshier said the painkiller was his, so he is also accused of felony possession of a controlled substance, Lovins said.

Abshier was being held in Eagle County jail Tuesday night. Reedholm’s mother picked her up.

A number listed as Reedholm’s in a police report was disconnected and a message left on her mother’s answering machine was not immediately returned Tuesday night.

Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.


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