Baggs man suspected in burglaries arrested
With the help of a vigilant Moffat County Road and Bridge employee, law enforcement officials from Baggs, Wyo., have a man in custody who is suspected of committing a string of burglaries in northern Moffat County.
The burglaries netted items worth more than $20,000.
Kelly Pitt, 27, of Baggs is being held in the Carbon County Jail in Rawlins, Wyo. on traffic and drug charges. After a search on his former residence in Baggs produced more than 50 items stolen in Moffat County, felony burglary and theft charges may be pending, Moffat County Sheriff’s Investigator K.C. Hume said.
“We definitely believe that all these burglaries are related,” he said. “County workers were definitely aware of what was going on. Our hats are off to them.”
A Moffat County plow operator who didn’t want to be identified, noticed a “suspicious” vehicle parked off the side of Colorado Highway 13 during an early morning shift Nov. 29 and called in the vehicle’s license plate numbers to police, Hume said.
After Pitt was arrested in Baggs on other charges, police obtained a search warrant for his former residence at 430 Hummingbird Lane in Baggs.
In the garage, police found items that were stolen from Moffat County’s Road and Bridge Department in the past five months, including generators, pumps, welding torches and tools. The search also produced two computers and a cordless drill — matching items that were stolen last weekend from the Hiawatha Oil camp off Moffat County Road 4, Hume said.
Hume said before the search of Pitts’ former residence, the sheriff’s department did not have any suspects for a number of burglaries reported by northern Colorado businesses since July.
Officers from the Craig Police Department arrested Pitt on Nov. 26 on unrelated charges. Pitt was released two days later after posting a $750 bond for three misdemeanor charges of domestic violence, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.
Hume said the burglaries in rural Moffat County would have been easy to pull off, especially under the cover of darkness.
“In the extreme northern parts of the county, I think it was easy for (someone) to come into Moffat County and get back before anybody knew anything,” Hume said.
Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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