Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz

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Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz

2 teens arrested in connection with downtown Steamboat burglaries

Boy stabbed in library and his brother booked

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— Police say the 14-year-old boy who was stabbed April 4 during an altercation at Bud Werner Memorial Library has confessed to helping burglarize six downtown businesses May 4.

The boy’s 18-­­­­ ­year­­­-old brother, Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz, also has been arrested and is in custody at Routt Coun­­ty Jail in lieu of $30,000 bail.

Steamboat Springs police say that on May 4, starting shortly before 5 a.m., the brothers broke into Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Cantina Mexican Restaurant, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Double Z Bar & BBQ, Brooklynn’s Pizzeria and Sage Healing Arts. Some food items may have been taken, along with $200 from Brooklynn’s.

“The two of them made an agreement that they were going to break into a bunch of businesses,” Detective Dave Kleiber said Tuesday.

Police also suspect that the brothers broke into at least one car in Dream Island Mobile Home Park that morning and took a laptop computer. Evidence also was seized in the 14-year-old boy’s room that police think is from one of nine cars broken into May 2 in Hayden.

Kleiber said police initially investigated whether Ellifritz might have been involved because of his criminal history and because he lives near Dream Island. According to an affidavit, Ellifritz has been “arrested, convicted and incarcerated for multiple burglaries, as well as possession of firearms and explosive devices as a juvenile.”

Ellifritz was convicted of burglarizing the Steamboat Springs Police Department’s remote storage unit in November 2008, according to the affidavit. Four handguns were taken during that burglary.

Soon after the downtown burglaries, police went to Ellifritz’s home, where he lives with his brother, mother and stepfather. According to the affidavit, police talked to the stepfather, who told police he heard someone come home at about 6 a.m. and assumed it was Ellifritz. Police then found items taken from a car in Dream Island near a dirt trail leading to Ellifritz’s house. A witness in Dream Island picked Ellifritz out of a photo lineup, according to the affidavit.

On May 11 police served a search warrant at the brothers’ home. Among the items seized, according to the affidavit, were clothing, flashlights and face masks that police think the brothers were wearing in video surveillance footage at two of the businesses. Police also found a bag with the laptop taken from Dream Island. The bag also contained a loaded handgun, which police think Ellifritz had during the robbery. The gun is not related to those taken during the 2008 police storage unit burglary.

With permission from the 14-year-old boy’s mother, police interviewed the boy, who told them he and Ellifritz had broken into the businesses and a car in Dream Island, according to the affidavit. The juvenile also said he did not see Ellifritz with a handgun during the robberies, but Ellifritz had told him that “anyone tries to swing at us I will fire a warning shot,” the affidavit stated.

Ellifritz was arrested in Craig after he was contacted by police because a restaurant reported that he did not pay for a meal. He was transferred to the Routt County Jail on Sunday on suspicion of first-degree burglary, theft, criminal trespassing and possession of burglary tools. He remained in custody and is due in court at 1 p.m. today.

Kleiber said the juvenile was processed Monday and released to his parents.

The same day as the robberies, the 14-year-old appeared in Routt County Court with his mother and showed Judge James Garrecht the scars on his hands he received after 40-year-old Adam Huber stabbed him April 4 at the library. Huber was sentenced during the hearing to 6 months in jail.

Police think three teenage boys were being “loud, obnoxious and inappropriate.” Huber confronted the boys about their behavior calmly, according to witnesses, and it escalated into a fight. Huber said that the 14-year-old was choking him and that he stabbed him to defend himself.

— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

1999 3 years, 6 months ago

"just innocent boys...boys will be boys you know "

I'm pretty sure thats what the mom said about the Library incident.

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Kuri 3 years, 6 months ago

No lasting injuries to his hands then-- as dextrous and sticky as ever.

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youseff 3 years, 6 months ago

Have to agree with @thalgard and require something come from these parents. It seems like too often the parents blame everything but themselves for their kid's actions, when in fact they and they alone control how these kids grow up and the values that they have. In this case, they seem to have absolutely no values and could care less who they hurt or what they take from people. Ironically, all concern that we had for them in the library incident is gone and we actually feel for the guy charged now - have to assume that these kids pushed him past a breaking point (the knife can't be excused, but we now see how he got to that point).

And I would love to see a stipulation in their Habitat agreement that requires them to give up this home if they are found guilty of multiple crimes. There are alot of good families that deserve this chance, and this one has given up that chance as far as I am concerned. Sorry mom - I don't know your circumstances or what you've been through, but I've worked with plenty of families who have alot less and have children who don't steal and terrorize a neighborhood. Time for a change of zip code.

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MrTaiChi 3 years, 6 months ago

How about appreciation for the job detective Klieber is doing?

Competent, workmanlike, professional.

Now the judges have to do their jobs.

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Scott Stanford 3 years, 6 months ago

All:

Several inappropriate comments have been removed. Please moderate your comments to ensure they are within the boundaries of fairness.

Thanks, Scott Stanford General Manager 970-871-4202 sstanford@SteamboatToday.com

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sparkle 3 years, 6 months ago

How can all of those businesses be burglarized so close to the Police Department at a time when officers would be on duty?

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Colette Erickson 3 years, 6 months ago

Poor sweet young things (ahem, thugs) attacked by that icky homeless man! The worm turns.

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seeuski 3 years, 6 months ago

Police respond to crimes that have been committed, they very rarely are able to prevent crimes, especially something as stealth as what these chumps did. Protect yourself and don't go around believing that the police will be there to keep you safe from evil. It is now up to our judicial system to protect the community from these thieves, this is where the Country has gone soft, on punishment. Too many cons are walking amongst the public.

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Scott Wedel 3 years, 6 months ago

Scott Stanford, "bounds of fairness" surely you misspoke because that would have deleted most every post on every forum. Isn't the standard something like "very offensive".

If it was "bounds of fairness" then how did you allow all those speculative posts about private citizens living in OC following their Colorado constitution rights?

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thalgard 3 years, 6 months ago

Scott...in all fairness, the older one of these boys was convicted of theft from several houses in the Conestoga neighborhood, and we have all suffered a literal crime wave of petty thefts since Habitat gave them that house....this is not hearsay, this is fact! all of this information is readily available in court records! FREE HUBER< and give him a medal as well!

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thalgard 3 years, 6 months ago

...and what kind of parent lets their kid come home at 6 am?

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Colleen de Jong 3 years, 6 months ago

Absolutely what these boys did was wrong and there should be consequences. A 14 year old boy is still a child (most likely in middle school) and not yet a hopeless statistic. It pains me to see the younger boy get dragged down by the older brother. Wow, this family needs help. All I really have to say is that in this small town it makes me sad to see these teens falling through the cracks - I hope someone with a big heart can help them before it's too late.

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jim johnson 3 years, 6 months ago

Funny that when the library story hit everyone was so quick to blame huber and other so called transients for the rise of crime.... Parents this town wont raise your kid for you, stop blaming the new guys and take a closer look... The level of arrogance and entitlement the kids have here is ridiculous. These overprivileged, sheltered , wannabe thugs are gonna have a tough time when they leave the dreamboat.

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jim johnson 3 years, 6 months ago

Good thing huber didn't reprimand the older brother, someone might have been shoot. Never know what punk teen is packing heat.

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sledneck 3 years, 6 months ago

Hee hee hee, Can't make this stuff up.

You guys are so funny. Mr. Huber committed a crime. He is in jail, where he belongs. What he should be given (instead of a medal) is a couple of cellmates... guess who.

And Colleen, when YOUR house gets burgularized by people who fit these punks m.o. like mine did a while back I think you will change your tune. When you come home and realize people were wandering through your house and have all your information off your computer, file cabinets, checkbook, even stole the welcome sign off your front door then maybe you will realize that the "older brother" WAS a "younger boy" when he started his life of crime.

I'm sick of people like this and the way they treat this community. They are afforded endless opportunitys in a place like this and this is how they repay the community? Lock 'em up and throw away the key; better yet, don't we have sandbags that need filling?

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sledneck 3 years, 6 months ago

Scott, I don't get the "bounds of fairness" hogwash either. Pilot; let people say what they want to say. You know... 1st ammendment and all...

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sledneck 3 years, 6 months ago

Huber pleaded "no contest" to misdemeanor assault, thats why he is in jail. Now, had he plead guilty and been convicted then today might indeed be a day to re-examine the case but... HE PLEAD NO CONTEST.

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sledneck 3 years, 6 months ago

I'm sorry, I meant "had he pleaded NOT guilty".

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sledneck 3 years, 6 months ago

I got slammed on this blog when the news first hit about the library thing because I suggested that this town was goin to the dogs and that I might be ready to consider carrying a gun in Steamboat for protection.

Thalgard, I agree with everything you said about the kid/ punks/ thugs. As I said above, my home was burgularized not long ago by someone fitting the same m.o. as these jerks. I hope the next person they rob is carrying and that they are as fed-up with this nonsense as I am.

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thalgard 3 years, 6 months ago

Sled...one more thing...the stepdad....you know, old I heard him come in at 6 am but I didn't think nothin' of it...let's just say that everyday is bring you kid to work day until they post bail.

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freerider 3 years, 6 months ago

like I said before my kids go to school with the 14 year old and he is bad news

FREE HUBER NOW !!!!!!

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pitpoodle 3 years, 6 months ago

These parents have raised thugs. The thugs have harmed our community. The parents should make restitution to the individuals who were harmed. Period.

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jk 3 years, 6 months ago

Maybe the parents could pay for Hubers next 6 month stay at the Routt Co. Inn!

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dave reynolds 3 years, 6 months ago

This is perfect..I find it ironic that the punk and his Mom are in court the morning of the burgularies to show The Judge his scars...sled your right you cann't right this stuff...wonder if the police will catch the robber of the Hot Springs...I agree they should consider releasing Huber I've heard hes a pretty good guy

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Brian Kotowski 3 years, 6 months ago

If convicted of all the felonies charged, the max jailtime would equal 36 years. The max obviously won't be imposed, but I'd like to see him do more than a year or two.

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looking4justice 3 years, 4 months ago

Adam Huber has some help from people outside of the Steamboat Community. Adam's new attorney is filing for a "Reconsideration of Sentence". Adam has completed the Restorative Justice component and more than half of his sentence.

In light of all of the new information and community support behind Adam, I urge you to support this motion. Thanks for your support.

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rthuber 3 years, 3 months ago

I appreciate all of y'all in Steamboat who have supported Adam. You have inspired me to print up some t-shirts. Team Huber.

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Jason Miller 3 years, 3 months ago

You got to wonder if they had anything to do with the tagging going on in 'Da Boat.If they are acting like thugs/gangsta maybe they are also tagging as well.

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Jason Miller 3 years, 3 months ago

@jk I think the mother should also pay the taxpayer for his stay there as well.

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kathy foos 3 years, 3 months ago

Oh yes blame the mother.Duh.I suppose your stupid attitude is the result of your mother?Actually mothers care and try harder than you will ever know jester1cp.No one is perfect and that includes you.

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1999 3 years, 3 months ago

sun....The mother, more than once, posted on this board that "boys will be boys" so we should just ignore their behavior because you know "boys will be boys"

yeah to me....sounds like the parenting is a BIG (if not THE ) part of the problem.

also she posted numerous times that it was her boys that were the REAL victims (all the while her boys were breaking into houses)

some really great parenting there

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