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Thieves worked extra hard over the holidays in Vail Valley

Daily staff report
Eagle County, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY – Numerous break-ins, attempted break-ins and thefts were reported around Eagle County over the holidays.

There was an attempted break-in at a home in Eagle-Vail between Dec. 23 and Dec. 28 while the resident was away. Evidence suggested someone unsuccessfully tried to break the lock on the back door. An outer pane of a double-paned window in a window well was also broken. Old footprints in the snow were the only other clues.

Also in Eagle-Vail, a man noticed footprints around his wife’s vehicle when he went to shovel snow Dec. 31. He saw the glove box was open, with its contents on the seat. Then he noticed the same of his car. There was no damage to either car and the only thing that appeared to be missing was a check book.

One or more employees from a construction site are the likely suspects of a theft at a locked job site in West Vail. A man told police five DeWalt drills worth about $2,100 went missing Dec. 24. There was no sign of forced entry and the man wasn’t sure how many people knew where the spare key was stashed.

A Rolex watch worth $3,000 was reported stolen at a Beaver Creek hotel Dec. 23.

A Nordic ski instructor also suspected her backpack was stolen at Beaver Creek Ski Resort Dec. 26.

Officers responded to a call of domestic violence in Gypsum after a couple got into a fight over Christmas gifts Dec. 26.

A 35-year-old man said his wife, 29, was upset that he didn’t buy her the gift she wanted. He didn’t admit to pushing her, as she claimed, but a child witness statement provided contrary evidence.

Police took the man into custody. As he was being booked, a deputy overheard the man talking on the phone to someone about how he had only pushed the woman to get her to calm down.

Police arrested a 22-year-old man for allegedly beating up people at a Beaver Creek apartment Dec. 26.

The officers were familiar with the 6-foot, 7-inch tall, 330-pound man from a previous incident that week, and found him hiding in front of a car in a parking garage. They called for back-up and held him at Taser point to detain him for questioning.

The man said he was attacked.

His blurry eyes, slurred language and fast-changing emotions made officers suspect he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

While handcuffed in the back of a patrol car he began kicking at the windows as officers questioned the other people who were involved.

A 21-year-old woman said the suspect had crashed a social gathering at the apartment and was upset that she was hanging out with another man. She said the suspect yelled at her and shoved her.

The woman’s male friend said he didn’t know what was going on until he heard commotion in the hallway. The friend told police he witnessed the suspect beating up the man the suspect had identified as the person who had attacked him. The friend said he tried to call 911, but the suspect grabbed the cell phone and threw it away, while he taunted and tried to intimidate him.

None of the witnesses saw anyone punch the suspect, as he had claimed.

Police charged the suspect with assault, harassment, resisting arrest and obstruction of telephone service.

A man told police three men in a burgundy Nissan Titan threw beer bottles at his Cadillac Seville on Dec. 27.

He thinks they mistook him for someone else when they pulled up next to him at a stop sign in Edwards and motioned for him to roll down his window. The victim didn’t recognize the men and the truck was blocking his intended left turn, so he continued driving straight.

However, the men in the truck caught up with him again and threw two beer bottles. One bottle hit the driver’s side door and the other one broke the rear driver’s side window.

With so little evidence, the police labeled the case inactive and the man said he would call them if he found out anything more.

Eagle Police were called to a residence on the western side of town on Dec. 28 when a neighbor reported seven young men involved in a physical altercation out in the street.

When the first officer arrived at the home at around 10:30 p.m. he didn’t spot anyone outside, but he could see a number of youths inside a house and heard a number of raised voices. The officer opted to wait for backup before approaching the group.

After a second police officer and a deputy from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office arrived, the law enforcement team knocked on the door. They were greeted by a group of six teenage males. None of the youths appeared to be injured and there was no sign of criminal activity at the house. Three of the youths said they had been “wrestling” outside, but they denied being involved in an actual fight.

Because all of the youths were under age, police contacted the owner of the home. She initially said she was coming home, but later called to say she was in Leadville and couldn’t return that night.

Police interviewed the neighbor who made the original complaint call. The man reiterated that the disturbance earlier that night had been a fight, not a simple wrestling match. The neighbor said three or four of the youths had been involv

On Dec. 29, officers responded to the Kum and Go in Eagle on a report of a beer theft.

The clerk reported that at approximately 10 p.m. a customer arrived at the store to use the restroom. While the clerk was assisting another customer, she heard the cooler door open. She then saw a man clad in a red beanie and black jacket dash through the store and climb inside a waiting car. The thief made away with a 12-pack of beer.

The clerk couldn’t identify the customer and wasn’t able to spot the license plate number. Store personnel told police they would search surveillance tapes to determine if they could provide identifying information about the thief.

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