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Days Inn robbery suspect caught in apparent heist on Front Range

Jane Reuter

FORT COLLINS – A man who police believe robbed the Silverthorne Days Inn earlier this month was arrested in Fort Collins while fleeing from another hotel armed robbery.

Jeffrey Bates, 37, originally from Utah, is in custody at the Larimer County Jail after leading Fort Collins officers on a chase following a robbery there. He allegedly robbed the Silverthorne Days Inn on May 20, threatening the clerk with a gun.

Bates became a suspect in the Silverthorne crime after Silverthorne Police Department’s evidence technician, Leslie Burton, read an article in the “Rocky Mountain News” about the Fort Collins robbery. Seeing similarities between it and the Days Inn robbery, she called Larimer County officials.

After Silverthorne Detective Dave Lynes went to Larimer County and met with detectives there, he was convinced it was the same person. Police believe Bates stole a car from the Dillon area in early May. An American flag bandanna, which the Days Inn clerk had described the robber as wearing, was found inside the car when Lynes investigated the car in Larimer County.

After the suspect allegedly stole the car in Dillon, police think he worked his way west, where he likely robbed a Grand Junction hotel. Police believe he then made his way east from there, robbing the Days Inn in Silverthorne, then proceeded to the Front Range, where he pulled his final caper and was caught by police.

Police suspect Bates could be involved in other crimes, but said he does not match the description of the man who robbed the Frisco Loaf n’ Jug on May 9.

“It’s a good example of very diligent, persistent police work,” said Silverthorne Police Chief John Patterson. “It’s pretty much a slam-dunk case, from our perspective.”

Patterson believes the suspect faked the Australian accent the Days Inn desk clerk had described.

Jane Reuter can be reached at 668-3998, ext. 229, or by e-mail at jreuter@summitdaily.com


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