Man pleads guilty to string of burglaries

Eight local businesses were broken into last summer

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— A Longmont man pleaded guilty Monday to burglary for his part in a string of local burglaries last summer.

Bradley James Trentham, 23, is one of two men accused of breaking into eight local businesses and stealing more than $13,000 last July. He faces four years in prison.

El Rancho, Steamboat Brewery and Tavern, Old Town Pub, Toys in the Attic, Soda Creek Pizza, Lupo's, Tugboat and Slopeside Bar and Grill reported burglaries.

Safes at El Rancho, Steamboat Brewery and Tavern, Slopeside and the Old Town Pub were stolen.

The suspects forced their way into the businesses through windows or doors and removed safes' contents with a cutting torch called a grinder.

Trentham's older brother also is suspected in the busiest night of burglaries in memory in Steamboat Springs. Sean Michael Trentham, 25, of Erie, was transported Monday from the Grand County Jail to the Routt County Jail, where he is being held on a second-degree burglary charge.

The Steamboat Springs Police Department put out a warrant for the arrest of the Trentham brothers last year and worked with Longmont police to track down the suspects. The siblings were suspected in burglaries at several Longmont businesses, as well as similar crimes in Winter Park, Eagle County and Silverthorne.

Longmont police found and arrested Bradley Trentham in November with the help of a confidential informant. The discovery of several stolen items at Trentham's Longmont home linked him to some of the burglaries. None of those items were traced to Steamboat businesses.

Bradley Trentham was sentenced in February in Boulder County to five years in prison for burglary and theft, said Craig Earhart, commander of the Longmont Police Department's detective division.

Police were concerned at the time of Bradley Trentham's arrest that his older brother had left the state.

Sean Trentham was not found until February. Boulder police were able to locate and arrest him at a residence after he passed a bad check, Earhart said.

"He has at least as many counts as his brother, Bradley, if not more," Earhart said.

Bradley Trentham's sentencing is scheduled for April 29, at which time 14th Judicial District Judge Michael O'Hara is expected to hand him a four-year prison sentence and order him to pay about $13,000 in restitution to local businesses involved in the string of burglaries.

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