Man, 32, accused of selling stolen goods heads to trial
November 2, 2010
Steamboat Springs — The man accused of trying to sell items stolen from Routt County homes in a series of burglaries pleaded not guilty Monday, and his case is scheduled to go to trial in May.
Charles Golonka, 32, entered his plea Monday in Routt District Court before Judge Shelley Hill.
Routt County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested Golonka in June after tracking several items stolen in home burglaries to a pawnshop in the Englewood area.
Jewelry, cash, checks, more than a dozen guns and a coin collection valued at $100,000 were among the items reportedly stolen in two Routt County break-ins reported in April.
Golonka is charged with theft by receiving and giving false information to a pawnbroker, both felonies. He also is accused of counterfeiting money in a separate Moffat County case.
Golonka's attorney, Larry Combs, requested a trial by a 12-member jury. That trial will begin May 17.
Nichole Johnson, also known as Nichole Manewal, and Jeremy Study were arrested in connection with the burglaries and were accused of writing stolen checks. The coin collection has not yet been recovered, and deputies have a warrant out for a fourth person thought to be involved, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Mellisa Baumgartner said.