Gypsum man charged with theft of lost bank bag
EAGLE — This is about a bag full of blunders.
About 2:20 p.m., last Tuesday, a Bonfire Brewery employee we’ll call Bonfire Boy left the Bonfire Brewery warehouse on Chambers Avenue in Eagle and headed toward the bank, which works out well because he was hauling a bank bag. That bank bag contained $10,000 — around $2,000 in cash and the rest in checks.
Bonfire Boy left the bank bag on top of his car as he headed up the street, as we have all done. OK, maybe not a bag filled with money, but other stuff like your mother-in-law’s casserole dish filled with pineapple upside down beans, or something like that.
Anyway, before long Bonfire Boy realized the bank bag was missing. He received a call from a town of Eagle public works employee, who was working on Eagle’s roundabouts and had found a ledger belonging to Bonfire Boy.
Our Hero, the Eagle public works employee, saw a white late model Toyota Tundra pull over, and saw the driver step out and pick up the bag. Our Hero figured that either Bonfire Boy or one of the other Bonfire Boys had grabbed the bag from the street, and all was well.
Alas, no, all was not.
The white Toyota Tundra allegedly belonged to Andres Alfredo Sandoval, and that was who Our Hero, the Eagle public works worker, saw get out of the truck and pick up the bag, then drive west on Chambers Avenue, toward the Eagle County Justice Center and jail, which was pretty darned convenient, as you’ll soon learn.
The next day, Wednesday, Eagle police officer Jay Seckman was at the courthouse checking on other matters when he spotted a white late model Toyota Tundra pickup truck in the parking lot.
Seckman checked on the temporary license in the truck window, but that temporary license was not in the DMV system. So he called Bighorn Toyota, from whence the truck came, and they told him Sandoval was listed as the owner.
Seckman wandered inside the Justice Center and asked a court clerk if anyone had seen Sandoval.
“Why yes,” said the clerk pointing to a man on a stool at the window. “That’s him right there.”
Seckman asked Sandoval for his identification and Sandoval handed over his driver’s license. Seckman took a picture of it and emailed it to Our Hero, the public works worker.
“Yup, that’s the guy,” said Our Hero.
Seckman read Sandoval his Miranda rights, and Sandoval gave up his right to remain silent, right then and there.
Seckman asked Sandoval if he’d been at the courthouse the day before.
“Yes. I had to pick up some divorce paperwork,” Sandoval said, according to the police report.
However, Sandoval said he didn’t know anything about any bank bag. Sandoval’s memory was jogged when Seckman told him a witness had seen him pick it up, the police report said.
He finally fessed up, saying he was “going through a lot” and “needed the money,” according to the police report.
It was not, however, his money. Police say he made no attempts to return the money to the Bonfire Brewery, the bank or the police department. When police searched Sandoval and his vehicle, they found a big wad of cash. They found the checks at his house.
And that’s why Sandoval is charged with theft between $5,000 and $20,000.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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