Judge denies bond reduction in theft case

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Routt County Judge James Garrecht refused to lower the bond for a man who was charged with stealing three vehicles in the Strawberry Park neighborhood.

Phillip Carroll Robinson, 23, appeared in Routt County Court on Wednesday to request a reduction of his $20,000 bail bond.

Robinson was arrested Nov. 10 after allegedly stealing three vehicles, breaking into a home and leading police officers on a brief chase before being taken down with a Taser stun gun.

Robinson's public defender, Gail Morrison, said the man had been in Steamboat Springs since May, working at an externship for a local food company in Steamboat. She said he was a recent graduate of a culinary school in Texas and had been in the Army.

Morrison said Robinson was more than willing to abide by any conditions set by the judge.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James objected to any bond reduction, noting that when Robinson was arrested on suspicion of the car thefts, he was out on bond for an August domestic violence case.

Robinson violated his bail bond during the Nov. 10 incident by consuming alcohol and committing another felony offense, St. James said.

St. James said that because of the evidence gathered and statements Robinson made after the arrest, the likelihood of conviction and sentencing in the Nov. 10 case was great.

Morrison asked that the case be continued to Jan. 5 and said more time was needed to negotiate with the District Attorney's Office.

Robinson was arrested on suspicion of aggravated motor vehicle theft, theft by receiving, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving under restraint and resisting arrest.

Early Nov. 10, the Routt County Sheriff's Office was notified of a burglar alarm in the 3200 block of Routt County Road 38. When deputies responded, they reportedly saw Robinson standing on the second-floor balcony of the home.

Robinson went into the home, police reports state, and the deputies called for backup. When backup arrived, they searched the home and determined Robinson had escaped.

Shortly after, a report was made that a vehicle had been stolen from a house down the street. Police came in contact with the stolen car, which Robinson reportedly was driving without headlights turned on. When Robinson tried to turn the vehicle around in a driveway, he reportedly backed it into a tree. Robinson exited the vehicle and then fled by foot. Steamboat Springs police officers chased the man for about 100 yards before using the Taser stun gun to stop him.

Police think Robinson stole three cars that night. The first car was an older model Suzuki Sidekick that was found at the home Robinson allegedly broke into. Police also think he attempted to steal a Chevrolet Suburban, which became stuck in the driveway of the home broken into. The third vehicle was the Ford Expedition stolen from the home down the street and the vehicle Robinson was in when stopped by police.

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