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Boulder: worker steals $760K from her boss

1 Feb

A bookkeeper accused of stealing $760,000 from a Boulder company is booked in Jefferson County Jail after police arrested her on suspicion of a felony theft charge.

Michelle Lynn Shelton, 40, is accused of stealing from her employer, Highline Financial.

Boulder police obtained a warrant on Friday for her arrest, and investigators located Shelton at her Westminster home later that day.

Boulder detectives launched their investigation in December 2010 after another accountant, who was filling in while Shelton was off from work, discovered what appeared to be a large amount of money being transferred to two separate personal bank accounts, according to police.


Mail handler stole over 11,000 packages with $85k+ in CDs & DVDs

12 Aug

HIGHLANDS RANCH – An overnight mail handler stole more than 11,000 packages over two years before he was caught by federal agents, 9Wants to Know has learned.

David Schmauder, a 48-year-old former USPS employee, pleaded guilty to two felony counts of theft by mail in federal court on Monday.

A plea agreement calls for Schmauder to be sentenced to one and a half to two years in prison at a sentencing hearing in November.

The plea deal details Schmauder’s penchant for pinching packages from the post office where he worked in Highlands Ranch.

Upon being observed and caught by USPS special agents in January 2010, Schmauder admitted to stealing about 50 packages two or three nights a week since January 2008.

The thefts “became addictive and escalated over time” said Schmauder, according to court documents.

He targeted boxes from online retailers including Amazon.com, stealing CDs, DVDs and Victoria’s Secret lingerie.

Court documents indicate Schmauder would give the stolen lingerie to his wife, while reselling the CDs and DVDs to Angelo’s Movies, Music and Gifts, which bills itself as the largest independent music store in the Denver area.

Receipts showed Angelo’s paid Schmauder $85,174 for 11,829 items.

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Pissed-off worker kills bosses in Boulder

19 May

A disgruntled employee of a Boulder flooring and fireplace store confronted the company’s owners Monday and shot them several times before apparently killing himself, Boulder Police said today.

Police Chief Mark Beckner said Robert Montgomery is the suspect in the shooting deaths of Boulder Stove and Flooring owners Staci and Sean Griffin. Montgomery worked at the business as a hearth-products specialist.

The Griffins and Montgomery were found dead in the back of the store shortly after 11 a.m. The Griffins suffered several gunshot wounds while Montgomery had one gunshot wound, Beckner said.

Police found a Smith & Wesson handgun in Montgomery’s right hand and 13 spent shellcasings. There was also one live round in Boulthe weapon’s chamber, Beckner said.

A journal found at Montgomery’s residence indicated he was angry at a change in sales compensation at the business.

A friend of Montgomery’s, who has known him since the 1980s, described him as even-tempered and slow to anger but said he was upset about work.

Co-worker Jason Arthur said the change in the company’s compensation involved requiring employees to reach sales goals in order to earn bonuses.

Accountant stole nearly 200 grand from Glenwood hotel

28 Apr

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — A former Hotel Colorado accountant, accused of stealing close to $192,000 from the hotel over a 16-year period, was sentenced to probation on Tuesday.

The case, which prosecutor Anne Kirkpatrick called “a whopper of a theft,” brought an end to one part of this bizarre trial.

Nina Marie Trujillo, 37, pleaded guilty to one felony count of theft between $1,000 and $20,000, and one count of misdemeanor theft between $500 and $1,000. She was sentenced to four years of supervised probation and 150 hours of useful public service.

Littleton prole lifts arsenal of weapons from workplace

22 Apr

A 21-year-old gun store employee has been indicted by the federal grand jury in Denver for stealing guns from his employer and possessing machine guns and “destructive devices”.

Officials searched the Littleton home where he lived with his mother and sister and found a green hand grenade, three “destructive devices”, 10 rifles, four pistols, approximately 30 boxes or cans of ammunition which included .50-caliber shells.

Agents also recovered a bullet-proof vest, and more than half a dozen samples of an “unknown powder.”

The man, Andrew Thomas Gunzner, was stopped by Denver police on March 17, after they saw him driving a silver Jeep Cherokee with red overhead emergency lights and siren activated, according to a search warrant filed in Denver District Court.

During a search of the Jeep, Denver officers found various guns, including a Heckler and Koch 9mm machine gun, a Taurus .4-5/410 revolver, a Norinco AK-47 and an FHN 5.7×28 semiautomatic pistol.

They also found numerous pistol magazines, ammunition, handcuffs, an expandable baton, knives, holsters, a flashlight, and flash suppressor and a scope/sight.

During the subsequent investigation, officers discovered that some of the firearms were allegedly stolen by Gunzner from his employer, Littleton-based Prairie Arms Manufacturing.

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Motor Vehicle employee pocketed city money

17 Apr

A Motor Vehicle Department employee in Broomfield is accused of stealing funds from the city.

Lori Millar, 44, of Westminster, was arrested Thursday, according to a media release from the Broomfield Police Department.

The department, at 1 DesCombes Drive, made an “employee theft” report to police on April 8.

A preliminary police investigation revealed that Millar “stole funds from the City and County of Broomfield,” police said.

The investigation is ongoing and “a final amount of the theft has not been determined.”

Millar was booked Thursday at the Broomfield jail on suspicion of theft.

Man stabs boss, arsons workplace

28 Jul

Molotovs stockpiled in 11-hour standoff

Fires set off propane tank explosions

Denver Post, July 24

aerial view of RV storage facility on fire


The man who surrendered to authorities early today after a lengthy standoff at a Keenesburg storage facility is accused of stabbing the owner of the complex and setting fire to some of its buildings, Weld County officials said this afternoon.

Richard Charles Norton, 63, allegedly stabbed owner Dan Stallsworth, said Shane Scofield, spokesman for the Weld County Sheriff’s Department.

Both men lived at the storage facility, where Norton worked for the 64-year-old Stallsworth. Norton lived on the property for the last seven years.

The standoff began at about 2:15 p.m. Thursday after Stallsworth was stabbed and Norton allegedly set fires in the facility, authorities say.

During the standoff, propane tanks in the burning buildings would periodically go off, producing fireballs.

Scofield said that deputies tried negotiating with Norton for hours and then entered the building where he was hiding.

During the standoff, Scofield said the Weld County sheriff’s SWAT team used flashbangs and tear gas in an attempt to get Norton to surrender. Norton refused to talk to negotiators after they threw a phone into the building, said Scofield.

SWAT team members eventually breached the fortified building with an explosive.

Inside the building, the SWAT team found two couches soaked in gasoline, four Molotov cocktails with fuses and a gas can with a knife in it. There was concern that Norton would ignite the premises as the SWAT team advanced, said Scofield.

When the SWAT team confronted Norton, he had a “zip gun” in one hand and a claw hammer in the other. He also was carrying a knife, said Scofield.

Officers arrested Norton at about 1:08 a.m. today without incident, said Scofield. For whatever reason, Norton decided to finally comply with SWAT team orders, said Scofield.

Scofield said Norton was booked into the Weld County Jail for investigation of attempted first-degree murder, second-degree arson and four counts of attempted first-degree assault on a peace officer.

Norton also had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to register as a sex offender.