A string of missing items including a gun, bicycles and sporting equipment have been traced back to one potential thief.
Jackson police officers are investigating a 26-year-old Denver resident who they believe came to Jackson from June 30 through July 5 to commit a series of theft crimes.
Video from the Million Dollar Cowboy Bar showed the man stealing purses from two women and pickpocketing a third on the night of July 2. The stolen items included cash, credit cards and cellphones, police said in a media release issued Thursday. The suspect reportedly ditched some of the stolen items in a trash can in the men’s restroom.
Because the suspect paid for drinks at the Cowboy using a credit card with his name, detectives were able to trace the crime back to a Colorado person with “an extensive criminal history.”
Police also believe that man stole a firearm from inside a vehicle when he was in town.
During that time period, East Jackson residents and visitors reported missing bicycles and high-dollar sporting equipment like internal frame backpacks, Jackson police Lt. Russ Ruschill told the Jackson Hole Daily.
“We call them theft tourists,” Ruschill said of the alleged burglar. “They go to a target-rich environment and steal everything that’s not nailed down.”
The Investigations Division began reviewing video footage from surrounding government and private camera systems, the release stated. The videos also provided the detectives with a possible vehicle the suspect was driving.
Alongside the Broomfield, Colorado, Police Department, Jackson police secured an arrest warrant for the suspect. During the search of his residence, officers found a firearm that matched the one stolen from Jackson. They also found several items believed to have been stolen from vehicles in Grand Teton National Park, the release stated.
The release also said the list of property recovered from the search warrant is extensive and the investigation is ongoing. If you had items stolen during the June 30 to July 5 time frame, you are asked to call the Jackson Police Department at 307-733-2331.
The suspect allegedly told Broomfield detectives that only one of the many bicycles at his residence belonged to him.
Jackson Police believe the suspect rented a van in Colorado with the intent to come to Jackson to steal things. They also believe there are several stolen items from victims who have not reported them missing.
Contact Evan Robinson-Johnson at 732-5901 or ERJ@jhnewsandguide.com.