Convicted felon

Theft, burglary, forgery among charges

A Moffat County jury convicted a Craig man Tuesday of 15 felony counts after a two-day trial and more than three hours of deliberation.

Coalin Joshua Hume, 22, was found guilty of first-degree criminal trespass of an automobile, theft, second-degree burglary of a building, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, criminal possession of two or more financial transaction devices, five counts of forgery and five counts of criminal impersonation.

The sentencing hearing has been scheduled for Jan. 9.

The charges stem from a November 2002 incident, when Hume broke into a truck and a shed owned by Marty and Catharine Blevins. He stole Marty Blevins' wallet, Winchester rifle, hunting knives, a backpack and other items, according to court documents.

According to court testimony, Hume returned to a party where he smoked methamphetamine with his friends, bragged about the thefts and convinced two partygoers to embark with him on a spending spree -- using Blevins' bank card -- in Craig, Hayden and Steamboat Springs.

The trio visited Kum & Go and Gofer Foods in Craig, where Hume purchased cigarettes, snacks, a cell phone and cell phone accessories. Hume made similar purchases at Kum & Go in Hayden. Hume also visited Napa Auto Parts in Steamboat, where he purchased tools and supplies he intended to return for cash at the Craig Napa, one witness testified.

Before returning to Craig, Hume and his cohorts visited Smoker Friendly in Steamboat, where Hume used the Blevins' bank card to purchase more than $300 in merchandise.

The items stolen from the Blevins' automobile and shed totaled more than $1,700, and the credit card purchases amounted to more than $500, according to Chief Deputy District Attorney Dave Waite, who prosecuted the case.

Hume's attorney, Erick Nordstrom, argued that because no fingerprints were collected, there was no evidence to link his client to the crime except a sketchy identification by a convenience store clerk and the testimony of Hume's "friends," who admitted being high on meth the night of the incident.

"The state used convicted felons who were high on meth as key witnesses," Nordstrom said.

Waite argued that while a key witness admitted using meth the night of the incident, much of her story was corroborated by the paper trail left by the stolen credit card receipts.

K.C. Hume, the Moffat County Sheriff's Chief Investigator, worked the case for nearly a year and conducted interviews until just weeks before trial. Nearly everywhere he went, he had to explain that he was not related to Coalin Hume in "any way, shape, fashion or form."

No fingerprints were collected, K.C. Hume said, because the crime scene did not yield usable prints. It's not uncommon, K.C. Hume said.

"In my ten years in law enforcement, I've had two cases where usable fingerprints recovered at the crime scene related back to the suspect," K.C. Hume said.

Unfortunately, real-life crime scenes aren't as neatly packaged as they are on popular television shows, K.C. Hume said.

"From the time a crime is committed, to when it is reported, to when it's investigated, to the time an arrest is made takes a little longer than 60 minutes plus commercials," K.C. Hume said.

K.C. Hume commended the victims for their faith in the criminal justice system. He said Waite presented a "stupendous prosecution," and he applauded the jury for enduring the rigors of service and taking the time to deliberate carefully and return the appropriate guilty verdicts.

Jeremy Browning can be reached at 824-7031 or jbrowning@craigdailypress.com

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