Fruita cops: Teens pulled taffy caper 19 months ago
It could have been a prank or an indication of young people with too much time on their hands.
Teenagers allegedly broke into a concession stand at a Fruita park and made off with $28 worth of candy, eating some of it as they scampered off and leaving behind a trail of wrappers.
But for one Fruita man, the events of one night more than a year and a half ago may have finally caught up to him this week and could result in a felony charge.
Police arrested Devinn Glen Bishop, 20, 411 Cedar Glen Way, tying him to the crime after finding a fingerprint at the concession stand that matched that of an accomplice.
Bishop made his first appearance in court Tuesday and learned he could be charged with a felony count of second-degree burglary and misdemeanor counts of theft of less than $500 and criminal mischief. He is free from the Mesa County Jail on $8,000 bond.
Fruita police were called to Little Salt Wash Park, 1135 18 Road, on May 19, 2008, after the owner of a concession trailer discovered someone had thrown rocks and an orange safety cone through the trailer’s window. A group of citizens found two boxes of Laffy Taffy and Nerd Rope and candy wrappers about 100 yards away from the trailer, according to an arrest affidavit.
Officers found fingerprints on the trailer’s window pane, lifted them and submitted them to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for possible identification. Police didn’t hear back from CBI until July of this year, when they received a report indicating the prints matched those of 19-year-old Cody Bowes, the affidavit said.
Police checked computer records and found Bowes and 19-year-old Jarrod Castillo had been arrested for a burglary at a house in Fruita five days after the burglary at the concession stand. The records indicated they had gone to Bishop’s house following the burglary at the house, the affidavit said.
Police contacted Castillo, who told them he had been present at the concession stand burglary but didn’t participate. He claimed Bowes used a rock to break the window and Bowes and Bishop entered the trailer and stole the candy, the affidavit said.
Bowes admitted to police that he, Bishop and Castillo were all present at the burglary but claimed he couldn’t remember who broke into the trailer, the affidavit said.
Officers wrote in the affidavit that they had attempted to contact Bishop on several occasions since July but hadn’t had any success locating him.
Bishop was arrested around 10:30 p.m. Monday after Grand Junction police contacted him for a traffic violation in the area of North Avenue and 28 1/2 Road and learned he had two warrants out for his arrest, including one for the burglary.