Wanted men wanted guns, now want lawyers | SummitDaily.com

Wanted men wanted guns, now want lawyers

Reid Williams

SILVERTHORNE – A bird in the hand might be worth two in the bush, but two wanted men attempting to buy handguns is worth one heck of a surprise to police.

An operator with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) called the Silverthorne Police Department at about 11:15 a.m. Friday to report a man with an outstanding arrest warrant at a local gun store.

According to police, Edward Corder, who will turn 28 Monday, allegedly went to Tech Arms behind Eddie Bear’s on Blue River Parkway to buy a handgun.

As required by law, the store staff called CBI to conduct a background check. Corder had an arrest warrant for failure to appear in court on an original charge of trespassing in Silverthorne.

But while the officer was in the store double-checking the warrant with Summit County dispatch operators, the police department received a second call from CBI.

“At first, I thought it was a mistake – that two CBI people were running the same background check,” said police administrative assistant Verna Pottle, who took the calls. “It wasn’t.”

While the officer was handling the first call, a second man attempted to buy a handgun, and store staff called in a background check.

According to the police department, Adam Widell, 27, had an outstanding warrant stemming from a Summit County Sheriff’s Office citation for failing to have his pet vaccinated.

The officer put both men in the back of his patrol car and took them to the Summit County Jail.

“It was kind of a surprise,” said Officer Jim Donahue, who made the arrests. “The odds of two men, both with warrants, in the same store at the same time is pretty slim. But the real credit goes to the store. They were doing the responsible thing, and not every gun dealer does that. Kudos to them.”

Reid Williams can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 237, or rwilliams@summitdaily.com.

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