Couple nabbed in Christmas break-in

Husband, wife held in burglary, theft from neighbor’s home

A husband and wife have been accused of burglary and theft from a neighbor’s home early Christmas morning, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Douglas Scott Collins, 26, and Alexis Collins, 27, both of 2916 Dawn Drive, No. 2, were in Mesa County Jail on Friday in connection with the incident in the 600 block of Pioneer Road.

Douglas Collins was being held on suspicion of first-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Alexis Collins was being held on suspicion of complicity to those offenses.

According to an arrest affidavit, Mesa County deputies responded to a report about 4 a.m. that someone had broken a window and entered the Pioneer Road house. Deputies entered the home and found a man, who was later identified as Douglas Collins.

Collins was dressed in dark clothing, a black ski mask, gloves and a backpack. He later admitted to deputies that he entered the home after it appeared to be empty and the street was dark, the affidavit said. About this time, deputies noticed a dark-colored minivan without its lights on speed away from the area.

Deputies found several jewelry boxes in Collins’ backpack, a flat-screen television with its wires cut on the couch, an open gun case without a gun in one of the bedrooms and several bags filled with items stacked by the front door, the affidavit said.

Douglas Collins denied that his wife knew anything about the burglary and told police the couple owned a minivan. The last incoming call to Douglas Collins’ cellphone came from a person named Lexie.

“I asked how he was going to leave with his backpack, the TV and the other bags and he stated he was going to walk home and get his vehicle,” an officer wrote in the affidavit.

Deputies followed fresh car tracks in the snow to the Collinses’ home, where they saw a dark-colored minivan parked in the driveway. The hood was warm to the touch, the arrest affidavit said.

Alexis Collins answered the door and told police she had been sleeping, though she was wearing makeup, which is something she told police she wasn’t accustomed to doing. Inside the door, police noticed bags filled with a sewing machine, a camcorder, a .22-caliber gun, binoculars and a portable DVD player, the affidavit said.

A deputy called the owner of the neighboring home to ask whether the items found at the Collinses’ home were his. The homeowner also was asked about the items Douglas Collins was accused of trying to take from the home.

The homeowner, who told police he was out of town, said the items were his and estimated the value at $4,060. Damage to the home was estimated to be $1,000.


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