Panty thefts result in guilty verdicts
A 50-year-old man who broke into four Grand Junction homes in 2015 and stole numerous panties, bras, shoes, cash, family photographs, perfume, prescription drugs, marijuana and other personal items belonging to several women was convicted by a jury Wednesday of multiple counts of burglary, trespass and theft, among other charges.
Seven women and five men on the jury decided that Jerry Madrid, who was arrested in December 2015, burglarized homes at 1060 Belford Ave., 1005 Hill Ave., 836 Glenwood Ave. and 1103 Hill Ave. between October 2015 and December 2015 to steal property from nine women who lived in the homes.
Jury selection for Madrid’s trial began March 6; attorneys made their closing arguments Tuesday morning, according to Mesa County Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle. The jury deliberated for about a day before returning their verdicts Wednesday afternoon. Mesa County District Judge Gretchen Larson ordered Madrid to return to court March 22 to set a new date for his sentencing hearing.
Madrid, a felon with a long criminal history, was paroled from prison and moved to 923 N. 12th St. in September 2015, several weeks before the first burglary was reported in early October, earlier reports said.
Madrid was arrested after officers from the Colorado Department of Adult Parole came to check in on him in December 2015 and noticed two purses in a cabinet under his kitchen sink inside trash bags. Both purses were linked to car break-ins in the area, earlier reports said.
The victims in the home burglaries all identified their property among the items found in Madrid’s home after his arrest, earlier reports said.
Madrid’s arrest history in Grand Junction dates to 1999. He was sentenced Aug. 29, 2002, to serve 18 years in prison, followed by mandatory parole.