Officers find more in search


— Routt County law enforcement officers have recovered more items they think are related to a string of thefts in the county.

The Routt County Sheriff's Office reported that officers from the Sheriff's Office, Steamboat Springs Fire Rescue and the Greater Routt and Moffat Narcotics Enforcement Team executed a search warrant on a home owned by Gerald W. Starr and found construction tools and "items consistent with the use and manufacture of methamphetamine."

Sgt. Ray Birch said Starr, who owns 413 acres of property on Routt County Road 23 in Phippsburg that was searched in May, is being investigated for his role in the alleged thefts and possible manufacture of methamphetamine. Starr has not been charged in Routt County.

During the May search of Starr's South Routt property, officers found thousands of dollars worth of stolen construction equipment, including a John Deere backhoe, four all-terrain vehicles and a D4C Caterpillar bulldozer.

Starr owns an Oklahoma-based construction company and recently has done work in Routt County, law enforcement officers said.

Officers have arrested five men -- all employees of Starr -- on charges relating to the thefts and possible manufacture of drugs.

Sheriff's officers arrested Jerry Lane Pritchett, 42; Larry Loron Winfield, 32; and Terry William Taylor, 42, on May 10. All three men were living in Steamboat Springs, but were originally from Oklahoma. The men face charges of possessing a firearm by a previous offender, possessing a Schedule 2 controlled substance and possessing drug paraphernalia.

Officers said Winfield and Ronald Blackfox, 40, of Okla--homa, were arrested in Eagle County on May 24 on suspicion of felony theft by receiving.

Pritchett is scheduled to appear in Routt County District Court at 2 p.m. Monday. Win--field is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. Taylor is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court at 2 p.m. Monday.


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