Man accused of breaking into 5 RVs south of Greeley – Greeley Tribune


Man accused of breaking into 5 RVs south of Greeley – Greeley Tribune

A 27-year-old man is scheduled to appear in court later this month on charges he broke into five RV campers and tried breaking into a sixth, all at storage lots just south of Greeley.

The first reports came 6:15 p.m. Oct. 10 at a storage lot in the 3200 block of 47th Avenue. A woman said someone unlawfully entered her RV, taking a kitchen knife set, a TV and a stereo system, valued at nearly $1,000. A man said someone also broke two windows on his RV, stealing a TV and stereo equipment valued at about $550. The storage lot is protected by a privacy fence with barbed wire surrounding the property and a locking gate.

Two days later, another deputy responded to the lot. A third victim said someone broke into his RV, taking a $140 TV.

On Oct. 15, the third victim, while returning to the lot to check on his RV, caught the suspect — later identified by police as Gabriel Gonzales, 28 — trying to open a window on a neighboring RV, according to arrest records. When the victim asked Gonzales what he was doing, he ran away, records state. The victim found another TV was taken from his RV, as well as signs of someone sleeping in the RV. He said the room smelled like cigarette smoke and contained a glow stick that didn’t belong to him.

The owner of the neighboring RV said someone damaged the window to his RV, but nothing was taken.

On Oct. 17, another deputy responded to the area after people followed Gonzales from the storage lot, according to arrest records. Gonzales was accused of breaking into another RV at a neighboring lot and taking an electric fireplace, a stereo system and a TV, for a total value of $1,600. He was also accused of damaging windows on the RV, as well as a refrigerator and headboard.

Gonzales told the deputy he already knew what was going on, according to arrest records. Gonzales said he was breaking into RVs to sleep and steal items he could sell so he could buy drugs, records state.

Gonzales was arrested on suspicion of five counts of second-degree burglary and four counts of second-degree trespassing. He remains in the Weld County Jail as of Sunday evening.

A disposition hearing is scheduled in this case 10:30 a.m. Nov. 18 in Weld District Court.


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