High Country Crime: Mr. Poopy Pants arrested on burglary
August 6, 2017
A Garfield County deputy responded to Casa Del Monte Court in No Name the morning of July 22 for a trespass in progress.
At about 6 a.m., a man awoke in his bedroom to the sound of his dogs going crazy. He let the dogs out of his bedroom, and they sprinted into the living room. There he found his German shepherd staring down a bald man in a tank top.
The intruder was holding the keys to the man's son's car. He threw the keys at the man, said he was "looking for the river" and ran out the back door, according to an affidavit.
The deputy searched the area for only a few minutes before the suspected intruder came out of the bushes holding a large stick and coming at the deputy. The deputy drew his gun, and though the suspect was hesitant to comply, he eventually got on the ground.
The deputy started to question the 32-year-old man about the trespassing, to which he responded by nodding his head yes, or shaking his head no. But this quickly devolved into him "swirling his head in every direction," which the deputy could not interpret. Asked for his name, the suspect said "Mr. Cool."
"I asked Mr. Cool if he was from the area. He did not respond and kept swirling his head around," the deputy wrote in his report.
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He continued to resist giving his name at the Garfield County jail, telling detentions deputies that his name was "Mr. Poopy Pants" and that he works for "the government."
"Mr. Poopy Pants was then taken for fingerprints collection," and his prints were sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, wrote the arresting deputy. He eventually gave his real name, which CBI corroborated.
He was arrested on charges of felony second-degree burglary, as well as misdemeanors of theft and obstructing a peace officer.
-Ryan Summerlin, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent
Aspen teens caught breaking in to Ajax buildings, Homeland Security notified
A group of Aspen teenage boys have been charged with trespassing and criminal mischief after admitting to breaking in to two structures on Aspen Mountain in July and prompting a call to Homeland Security, according to a police report.
The names of the five boys, who were identified after being caught on surveillance video, were redacted from a Pitkin County Sheriff's Office report because they are juveniles.
The first break-in to the Aspen Skiing Co.'s pumphouse on Little Nell was reported to the Sheriff's Office on July 17, according to the report. The deputy who responded suggested that Skico's snowmaking manager install a reinforced door and cameras, which he did, the report states.
The snowmaking manager called back July 19 to report that someone had tried to break down the door again the night before but was unsuccessful, though the door was "severely damaged," according to the police report. The manager also said a fire extinguisher was missing from the building, which likely occurred during the first break-in.
Video showed four boys each taking turns using their feet, a shovel, a rock and two kinds of pipe that were on the ground near the pumphouse to try to break down the door, the report states.
In addition, the snowmaking manager said the city of Aspen's pumphouse next door appeared also to have been broken, according to the report.
Later on July 19, a representative of the city of Aspen's Water Department reported that a security guard discovered the door to the city's water pumphouse open the night of July 17 and closed it without realizing the lock and door frame were broken, the report states. The man said that after Skico employees discovered the door open again July 19, department employees found the damage, which was estimated at $800.
"(The Water Department employee) was very concerned about this break in because the individuals that broke in had access to the water supply for the entire city," the report states. "(The employee) said he was required by law to report the break-in to the Department of Homeland Security."
Investigators printed photocopies of each of the four boys from the camera footage and showed them to an Aspen Middle School official who identified one of them July 20, according to the report.
An investigator called the boy's father the same day. The man called back 20 minutes later and said his son admitted he was involved in the break-in, though he was reluctant to identify the others, the report states. Twenty minutes later, the boy's father called the investigator again "and informed me all the boys would be showing up to confess the next day at (3 p.m.)," according to the police report.
On July 21, one of the boys said he and two others hiked up the mountain July 17, discovered the pumphouses and decided to break in to them. He said they used a metal pipe they found on the ground to break the door open, while another boy said they took a fire extinguisher, sprayed it and threw it in the woods, according to the report.
Next they went to the city's pumphouse next door, where they kicked in the door and went briefly inside and then left, according to the third boy who was quoted in the police report.
On July 19, one of the boys who was present for the July 17 break-ins told investigators he was driving around with three others and decided to revisit the pumphouses, the report states. He said they tried to get back into the Skico building, but could not, then pushed open the door to the city's pumphouse, looked around for a minute and left, according to the report.
All the boys expressed remorse for their actions, the report states.
"None of the boys were drinking or doing any illegal drugs," the police report states.
Three boys were charged last week with one count each of criminal mischief and trespassing, while the two boys who were present during both break-ins were charged with two counts of each crime. All five are scheduled to appear before a judge Monday, though the report says they will be put into the District Attorney's Office diversion program, which aims to correct delinquent behavior without prosecution.
-Jason Auslander, The Aspen Times
Carbondale burglars steal $62,000 worth of bikes
Burglars in Carbondale made off with seven high-end bicycles worth $62,000 in a theft last week, police said Thursday, Aug. 3.
On Saturday morning the shop manager at Basalt Bike and Ski on Colorado 133 discovered the thefts, indicating the burglary must have occurred the previous night.
The store's door looked to have been pried open.
Carbondale police ask that anyone with information about the incident call 970-963-2662.
-Ryan Summerlin, Glenwood Springs Post-Independent
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