Accused vandal hit with more charges

Prosecutor adds 22 counts to case for boy accused in May crime spree

A Mesa County prosecutor on Tuesday filed 22 new charges against a boy already accused in a May vandalism spree on Orchard Mesa that left tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

In charging documents, Deputy District Attorney Brandy Ellis alleges 17-year-old Caleb Hovland was vandalizing various properties in Orchard Mesa neighborhoods several months before Hovland and 17-year-old Michael Moore were arrested in a rash of vandalism incidents in many of the same neighborhoods.

New charges against Hovland include felony counts of criminal mischief, theft and burglary.

Ellis said the incidents happened in March and April and remained unsolved prior to the arrests of the two boys on May 19.

Among a series of crimes, Hovland and Moore admitted involvement in the burglary and vandalism on May 16 at Trinity Baptist Church, 2748 B 1/2 Road, according to an arrest affidavit.

Both boys are being held without bond at Grand Mesa Youth Services Center.


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