Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz

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Will­­­­­iam Clive Elli­­fritz

Charges filed in downtown Steamboat burglaries

18-year-old Clive Ellifritz faces 14 charges


— The Routt County District Attorney’s Office has filed 14 charges against a man suspected of breaking into downtown Steamboat Springs businesses May 4.

The most serious charges filed against 18-year-old William Clive Ellifritz are five counts of burglary, Class 4 felonies. The DA’s office is arguing that Ellifritz burglarized Cantina Mexican Restaurant, Steamboat Meat & Seafood Co., Double Z Bar & BBQ, Brooklynn’s Pizzeria and Sage Healing Arts.

Police have said Ellifritz broke into the businesses with his 14-year-old brother early May 4.

Ellifritz also has been charged with two counts of criminal trespass related to a car that was broken into May 4 in Dream Island Mobile Home Park and a car broken into May 2 in Hayden. Those charges are Class 5 felonies, which are less serious than Class 4 felonies.

Three Class 2 misdemeanor charges of criminal mischief are related to damage that was caused to the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, Double Z and Cantina.

Three misdemeanor charges of theft are associated with $200 in cash taken from Brooklynn’s, a laptop taken from the car in Dream Island and a dog whistle taken from the car in Hayden.

Ellifritz also is charged with possessing a burglary tool, a pry bar police think he used to enter the businesses.

Ellifritz was in custody with bail set at $30,000 when he appeared before Routt County Judge James Garrecht on Wednesday. Ellifritz told Garrecht he planned to seek a lawyer through the Routt County Public Defender’s Office. He is due back in court at 1 p.m. May 25.


Brian Kotowski 5 years, 10 months ago

5 counts Class 4, 2 counts Class 5.

One count Class 4 = 2-6 years. One count Class 5 = 1-3 years.

Hopefully, this will serve as a cautionary tale to little bro.


pitpoodle 5 years, 10 months ago

I would like to know, where have the parents been for the past 18 years? I blame them.


Phoebe Hackman 5 years, 10 months ago

This guy is 18 and used his 14/15yo brother as an accomplice. Shouldn't one of the charges be contributing to the delinquency of a minor or child endangerment or something along those lines? The age of culpability in Colorado is 10, so I'm not saying the younger boy shouldn't be held accountable as well. They both need to learn to take responsibility for their actions; if this concept had been part of their upbringing, they wouldn't be where they are now. "Boys will be boys." Geez.


Tommie Belz 5 years, 10 months ago

I'm curious, do you suppose he's responsible too, for the missing antlers off the sculpture in front of Romicks on Lincoln? Someone check his pants! OUCH...


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