State Patrol traffic stop leads to arrest of serial burglary suspect
WOLCOTT — Let this be a lesson to you: If you’re driving along Interstate 70 with a pickup loaded with stolen ski gear, then don’t tailgate and not use your turn signal.
Nicholas Ryan Broviak, 37, failed on both counts — tailgated and changed lanes without using his turn signal. That attracted the Colorado State Patrol’s attention, which is how Broviak landed in the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel.
When the State Patrol blue-lighted Broviak, he pulled over. That’s about the time troopers spotted skis, snowboards, boots, coats and snowsports gear, some stuffed into black trash bags in the back of the Dodge Ram he was driving.
The State Patrol troopers asked if Broviak minded too terribly much if they had a look in some of those bags.
Not-so-carefully concealed in and around those bags, troopers found 12 pairs of skis, 14 snowboards and more than 15 pairs of snowsports boots, along with hundreds of items inside the bags.
They confirmed on the scene that a bunch of the ill-gotten booty had been reported stolen from various Eagle County sports rental shops and hotels. Soft goods included helmets, coats, goggles, gloves and other clothing.
Investigators from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and the Vail Police Department are a curious lot, and responded to the scene to have a look.
Some of the gear was very distinctive, including a custom-made fur jacket that Vail detectives immediately recognized as having been stolen from a private residence in Vail on May 3.
Eagle County Sheriff’s investigators determined that a number of other jackets had been reported stolen from a hotel in Beaver Creek.
The burglary spree goes back to at least April 24, when Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies were investigating a theft at a Beaver Creek sporting goods store. While they were there, they were approached by a Park Hyatt employee who told them about a suspicious person grabbing a large black bag out of the bushes earlier that morning. The bag grabber threw the bag in a blue four-door Audi and drove off.
That was followed a couple days later by several bottles of liquor stolen from the Golden Eagle Inn Restaurant, and nine Spyder jackets stolen from the Park Hyatt on April 28.
Broviak is charged with theft up to $20,000, possession of burglary tools, criminal trespass, three traffic infractions, and last but not least, authorized possession of a controlled substance in an unauthorized container.
He was arraigned Tuesday morning in Eagle County Court Judge Katharine Sullivan’s Court, where his bond was set at $15,000.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 and firstname.lastname@example.org.