Charges filed in downtown Steamboat burglaries
18-year-old Clive Ellifritz faces 14 charges
May 18, 2011
Steamboat Springs — 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.
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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.