Homeless man, 30, suspected in many thefts

A 30-year-old homeless man with a warrant for his arrest evaded law enforcement Thursday night before he was found early Friday morning on the roof of a Clifton apartment building.

The Clifton Fire Department brought its ladder truck to 521 Pauline St. to get Dustin “Dusty” Peters to climb down off an apartment building, according to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

Peters had been wanted since early June on suspicion of theft, auto theft, first-degree trespass, eluding and possession of a weapon by a previous offender, according to a copy of his warrant.

Peters was located Thursday night but evaded deputies in multiple locations until they learned he was at a Pauline Street apartment.

The SWAT team cleared a unit in the building, but Peters wasn’t found. Then, about 
3 a.m. Friday, a Drug Task Force officer saw Peters on the roof.

Peters was wanted for his alleged involvement in a string of thefts from autos and theft of an auto between May 19 and May 30.

On May 20, Peters allegedly stole a handgun and holster from a vehicle in the 600 block of Entrada Street. On the same day, he allegedly stole a brown leather purse, blue wallet and small pocket knife from a vehicle parked in the 500 block of Stanford Way.

On May 21, a vehicle valued at less than $2,000 reportedly was stolen from a residence in the 500 block of 29 3/8 Road. At the same address, a man reportedly had more than $1,270 in electronics stolen from his truck.

On May 30, a man, who turned out to be Peters, was seen with the stolen vehicle at the C&F Food Store on Ninth Street and Pitkin Avenue.

Deputies tried to pull Peters over in the vehicle on that date, but he got away, according to Peters’ warrant.

The vehicle was found at 
7:30 p.m. May 30 in an alley in the 300 block of Hill Avenue.

Many of the personal items reported stolen earlier in May were found in the vehicle, including numerous ID cards.

An investigation led authorities to Peters, and he was arrested Friday morning.


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