Gun incident at La Plata Peak trailhead linked to string of auto burglaries – Colorado News

Gun incident at La Plata Peak trailhead linked to string of auto burglaries – Colorado News

The two men arrested for pulling a gun on a man sleeping in his car at a popular trailhead near Twin Lakes last weekend allegedly burglarized five or six cars between there and Utah, according to law enforcement documents.

A search of the men’s hotel room in Lakewood — where they were caught Saturday — turned up a “very realistic” BB gun as well as women’s clothing, jewelry, sunglasses, “random shoes,” backpacks with sports equipment, a set of golf clubs, multiple cellphones and chargers, electronic tablets, multiple screwdrivers, knives and a pry bar, according to an arrest warrant affidavit from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office. Also found were more than 40 gift cards valued at about $1,000.

One of the burglaries the men committed might have occurred in the Carbondale area, a Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputy said Wednesday.

Duane Sandridge, 49, of Durango or Silt or Salt Lake City, and William “Billy” Putnam, 25, of Salt Lake City, were being held at the Lake County Jail, according to a statement from the Lake County Sheriff’s Office and 5th Judicial District Attorney Bruce Brown. Sandridge has a Colorado driver’s license issued in Durango, Brown said, though an internet search turned up a LinkedIn profile stating that he lives in Silt. The Lake County Sheriff’s Office said he’s from Salt Lake City.

At about 3:50 p.m. Friday, a 29-year-old man parked at the La Plata Peak trailhead parking area, next to Highway 82 west of Twin Lakes, called emergency dispatchers to report that two men pulled a gun on him, according to the affidavit. La Plata Peak is one of the 54 14,000-foot-plus peaks in Colorado, which attract sizable numbers of hikers and climbers.


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