Accused teen vandals hit with 76 charges, including 50 felonies

Prosecutors on Tuesday filed 76 charges, including 50 felonies, against two teenagers accused of a crime spree across Orchard Mesa this month.

Michael Moore and Caleb Hovland, both 17, were charged formally in juvenile criminal complaints with multiple counts of first-degree arson, criminal mischief and burglary, among other charges.

District Attorney Pete Hautzinger said Tuesday he won’t press adult charges in the case because neither boy has what he considers an aggravated criminal past.

During their first court appearance last week, a prosecutor said both boys completed probation related to prior offenses. The nature of those offenses was not disclosed.

State law allows prosecutors to bring adult charges against juveniles if the offenses are considered serious enough to warrant such charges.

“I just decided it wasn’t the right thing to do here,” Hautzinger said.

The boys were arrested May 19 on suspicion they committed a series of burglaries and car break-ins that caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage at numerous locations around Orchard Mesa.

According to an arrest affidavit, both teens admitted involvement in: a burglary May 16 at Trinity Baptist Church, 2748 B 1/2 Road; a burglary May 9 at the Orchard Mesa Little League facility, 2787 U.S. Highway 50; and the May 17 theft of a Subaru Legacy, which they ended up crashing.

Moore and Hovland are in custody without bond at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center.


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