Man charged with car theft in court

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A Steamboat Springs man who was arrested on suspicion of breaking into one Strawberry Park home and stealing a car from another appeared in court Wednesday and asked for a reduction in his $20,000 bond.

Routt County Judge James Garrecht denied the request from Phillip Carroll Robinson, 23, saying bond was set at a standard amount for the case. Garrecht also continued the case until 1 p.m. Dec. 8.

pilot & today staff Cases against Sara Lynne Moore, 25, and Billy Clay Jones, 31, of Steamboat Springs were bound over to District Court to be heard at 11 a.m. Dec. 13. Moore and Jones were arrested Oct. 29 on suspicion of second-degree burglary and theft, after the couple was caught by a surveillance camera illegally entering the Southside Station and consuming alcohol and food worth $30. At the time, Moore was an employee at the store. A case against David Nelson Tucker, 31, of San Antonio, was bound over to District Court. Nelson was charged with two counts of attempted assault in the second degree and two counts of felony menacing, among other charges, after he reportedly used his car to run over a tent that his girlfriend and his brother were inside. Tucker's case will be heard at 10 a.m. Nov. 30.

Robinson was charged with first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft in the first degree, a felony and two counts of violating bail bond conditions.

While in court, Robinson told Garrecht that although it was easy to look at "negative aspects" of his situation, the court should look at the "positive aspects" as well, including that he recently graduated from college, and that he was a model employee.

Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said he thought it would be appropriate to work out the car theft case in conjunction with a second set of charges brought against Robinson, which relate to an Aug. 28 incident. In that case, which is scheduled for trial Dec. 9, Robinson is charged with third-degree assault, domestic violence, criminal mischief and obstructing telephone service.

Garrecht said he understood the logic of that but preferred to look at both cases before vacating the Dec. 9 jury trial.

Early Nov. 10, the Routt County Sheriff's Office was notified of a burglar alarm in the 32000 block of Routt County Road 38. When deputies responded, they saw Robinson standing on the second-floor balcony of the home.

Robinson fled into the building, according to a police report, and the deputies called for backup. When backup arrived, they searched the home and determined Robinson had escaped.

Then police heard a report that a vehicle had been stolen from a house down the street. Police found Robinson driving the stolen car without the headlights turned on. Robinson tried to turn the vehicle around in a driveway, backing it into a tree.

Robinson fled the vehicle, but he soon was stopped by police and arrested, reports indicate.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail sbacon@steamboatpilot.com

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