Teen sent to boot camp in alleged burglary ring
A Mack teenager described by a prosecutor as a “follower” among a group of suspected burglars will spend the next three years in a boot-camp-style youth program.
Dustin Langdon, 19, was ordered Wednesday to serve three years in Colorado’s Youthful Offender System, after guilty pleas on two counts of burglary and one count of theft.
District Judge Richard Gurley suspended a sentence of six years in state prison, which is where Langdon will be sent if he violates terms and conditions in the youth program.
Langdon was among four teens arrested by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department in connection with burglaries at eight western Grand Valley homes and businesses from Sept. 24 to Oct. 17.
Allegedly taken were roughly $20,000 in firearms, ammunition and cash, among other items.
Several of the homeowners were asleep and awakened by the burglars, according to arrest affidavits.
Six handguns and ammunition were stolen from a Fruita gun shop during the spree, while Chief Deputy District Attorney Mark Hand on Wednesday told the judge several of the weapons remain unaccounted for.
Some of the weapons were believed to have been sold to other teens, Hand said.
“We’re doing our best to try and find them all,” he told the judge.
Two of the teens, both juveniles, pleaded guilty and were sentenced in the case.
Wyatt Creamer, 17, pleaded not guilty and is scheduled for trial. Creamer is being prosecuted as an adult.
Under the terms of Langdon’s plea agreement, he agreed to testify truthfully if called in Creamer’s trial.