Authorities tie 3 to string of burglaries

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— An anonymous tip led investigators to two men and a teenage boy who are now suspects in a string of burglaries in south Routt County.

Three thefts involving five rifles, a set of keys and dozens of music CDs were reported to the sheriff's office between March 25 and April 8.

Undersheriff Dan Taylor said Friday that an informant called the Routt County Crime Stoppers phone line in mid-April. According to a court document, the informant said he heard two people bragging about taking CDs, keys and a gun. The informant told deputies that the people who stole the gun planned to sell it to someone out of town.

A 15-year-old Phippsburg boy, whose name was withheld because of his age, is suspected of two counts of felony theft and criminal trespass related to the string of burglaries.

Eighteen-year-old Kenneth Enus Ferrier, of Phippsburg, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of felony theft by receiving.

Nineteen-year-old Jon Eric Gumm of Steamboat Springs turned himself in Thursday when he heard authorities were looking for him, Taylor said. Gumm was arrested on suspicion of felony theft and first-degree criminal trespass.

Taylor said more charges are pending against the two adults. They are being held in the Routt County Jail on $5,000 bond. Taylor said two more young adults also are suspects in the thefts.

The thefts apparently started around March 25 when a Phippsburg man reported a set of keys and a loaded Remington 280 rifle worth $700 were stolen from his locked truck while it was parked at his home on Pine Street.

On March 27, a Phippsburg woman reported that CDs valued at $500 were stolen from her unlocked vehicle while it was parked on Pine Street.

On April 8, a south Routt man reported that four rifles and ammunition were stolen from his unlocked residence on Colorado 131.

After a fruitless search at a house on Forest Street in Phippsburg authorities received information that led them to private land near County Road 8, north of Yampa. The Remington rifle and other items were discovered in tall grass in a creek along the road Thursday.

Before officers executed the search warrant, Taylor said someone notified the house's occupants. "We know someone called the house to warn them we were coming because we heard a message on the answering machine," he said.


-- To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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