January 8, 2010

Woodside burglary investigation continues
Stolen items recovered, suspects still at large

By Mike Potter
Staff Writer

The Jefferson County and Park County sheriff’s offices are continuing to work together to investigate two burglaries that occurred in mid-December in the Woodside Park subdivision near Pine Junction.

The Woodside subdivision sits on the Park and Jefferson county line in northeastern Park County.

Jacki Kelley, spokeswoman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, said Jefferson County investigators submitted a number of items from both crime scenes to its crime lab for analysis.

So far, no arrests have been made in the case, she said. The perpetrators are believed to be two men and one woman in their mid-20s.

Park County Undersheriff Mone Gore said the two law enforcement agencies are working together on the case.

“They are processing the evidence,” Gore said. “At this point, they’re still ... attempting to identity the three people who had taken the vehicles and committed the burglaries.”

Gore said the investigation began when Park County deputies began investigating a possible burglary in the Park County portion of Woodside. While at the home, deputies were contacted by a Woodside homeowner who reported that he gave a ride to three suspicious people earlier that day when their vehicle had become disabled.

Deputies investigated  the abandoned vehicle, which was registered to a home in Jefferson County.

While checking out the vehicle, Park County deputies found mail from two different addresses, empty beer cans, and screwdrivers and hammers.

“At that point, Jefferson County was contacted and asked if they could send a deputy to the address the vehicle was registered to, to do a welfare check,” Gore said.

When Jefferson County deputies went to investigate the home the suspicious vehicle was registered to, they found another burglarized home and another vehicle, this one reported stolen out of Lakewood.

The items reported stolen from the Jefferson County home include five guns, some jewelry, a Global Positioning System unit, a radio, and a vehicle. Reported missing from the Park County home was a laptop computer.

All the items, including the stolen vehicle, were recovered on Dec. 13 by Park County deputies.

According to Gore, Corporal Kelly Reynolds and Deputy Steven Sonnenburg, who had investigated the burglary and the vehicle, found the stolen items from both homes while searching the neighborhood for anything  suspicious.

Sonnenburg found a suspicious looking cardboard box hidden under a tree. He investigated the box and found items that matched the description of those stolen from the homes in Jefferson and Park counties.

Near the cardboard box, he found a sleeping bag that contained a number of stolen guns that were reported missing from the Jefferson County burglary scene, Gore said.

Gore commended the work of the deputies, including sticking with the case and uncovering the stolen items.

“I think it was very good work on the part of Corporal Reynolds and Deputy Sonnenburg that they kept looking and kept digging and following leads,” Gore said.


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