A Fort Collins man was sentenced Monday to five years in the Colorado Department of Corrections for a string of 2012 robberies in Colorado and Illinois.
James Delaney Nolf-Crihfield, 22, pleaded guilty in August to robbery, a Class 4 felony, and was sentenced to five years in Clear Creek County Court. His sentence will be served concurrently with another five-year sentence he received from a corresponding robbery case out of Pike County, Ill., said Jill Sarmo, public information officer for the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
Nolf-Crihfield’s Clear Creek County charges stem from the events of September 2012 when he and an alleged co-defendant, Jeffrey Skog, 24, also of Fort Collins, robbed an Idaho Springs Kum & Go store, according to court records.
The on-duty clerk reported that after loitering near the shop for a couple of hours, the two men entered the convenience store and threatened the clerk with a screwdriver and a long sharp metal rod that appeared to be an oil dip stick or a coat hanger.
The clerk complied with their demands and Nolf-Crihfield and Skog fled the store with $503 in cash and two stolen cartons of cigarettes, court records stated. Despite receiving a vehicle description from the store employee, police were unable to locate the two men.
Eight days later, the Idaho Springs Police Department received a phone call from the Sheriff of Pike County, Ill. who informed local law enforcement officers that Nolf-Crihfield and Skog had been apprehended following a robbery at a Travel Center in Barry, Ill. Upon their apprehension in Illinois, one of the suspects admitted to committing similar crimes in Idaho Springs and Lincoln, Neb., according to reports.
In February Nolf-Crihfield and Skog accepted plea deals from the Pike County State’s Attorney in Pittsfield, Ill.
Skog received four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections, plus two years of parole. He remains in custody in Illinois and has yet to answer to charges in Colorado for which he is still presumed innocent, according to a 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office news release.
Nolf-Crihfield received a five-year sentence, two years of parole and a $1,000 fine as part of his plea bargain in Illinois. He was then transferred to Colorado where he had an active warrant for probation violations out of Larimer County, in addition to the robbery charges out of the 5th Judicial District.
“Due to the diligence of the Idaho Springs Police working with the Pike County Sheriff’s Office, the two offenders were successfully apprehended and brought to justice before their spree either continued or put more people in danger,” said 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown in the release. “We are glad that we were able to prosecute Mr. Nolf-Crihfield in Colorado, where he has a string of additional theft charges for which to be held accountable.”