Colorado Springs man found guilty of 2012 Vail Valley home invasion
September 30, 2013
An Eagle County jury returned a guilty verdict Wednesday against a Colorado Springs man suspected of participating in a 2012 burglary of a Vail Valley home.
Eric Moser, 46, was found guilty on two charges, including one count of possession of a financial device, a Class 6 felony, and one count of theft by receiving in excess of $1,000, a Class 4 felony.
Moser faces sentences in the Colorado Department of Corrections of up to 18 months for the possession conviction and up to six years for the theft by receiving charge. Moser is scheduled for sentencing by Chief Judge Thomas Moorhead at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 30 in Division 3 of Eagle County District Court.
The charges and subsequent three-day jury trial stem from events that took place in September 2012 in which Moser was suspected of unlawfully entering a Vail Valley home through an unlocked garage door. Jewelry, sculptures, a mountain bike and two credit cards were among the items Moser was suspected of stealing or receiving from the victim's home, according to court records.
The items were reportedly taken from the garage, a BMW parked in the garage and from the living room inside the residence, court records stated.
"The brazen manner in which the thief or thieves entered a private residence in the dark of night and took items of untold sentimental value is jolting," said 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown, who prosecuted Moser, in a statement. "Mr. Moser clearly played a key role in this crime and the jury's verdict reflects his culpability."
The three-day jury trial featured testimony from 10 witnesses, including the two victims. Although suspected of entering the residence to conduct the theft, Moser was not convicted of illegal entry of the home.
"While we definitely live in a safe environment, it is important for homeowners to be vigilant in basic home security to protect their families and property," Brown said in the statement.
Ultimately, Moser's conviction was tied to his possession hours after the theft of one of the victim's credit cards and a bicycle in Rifle. He was arrested shortly after purchasing a cell phone booster with one of the stolen credit cards, according to court records.
The case was investigated by the Vail Police Department and its team of officers, led by Detective Justin Liffick.
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