by Mark Reaman
Two Crested Butte South residents are facing felony charges after apparently burglarizing a former employer. The recently relocated CB South General Store was burglarized on April 8 and a former disgruntled employee and his girlfriend confessed to the crime and were arrested.
According to the Mt. Crested Butte police spokesperson Marjorie Trautman, the case has been turned over to the district attorney.
“The break-in at the CB South General Store was reported on April 8, while the actual incident occurred the previous night,” Trautman explained. “Entry to the building was made by breaking a window for access. A police investigation quickly identified the two suspects. During a search of their residence a confession to the burglary was given.” A female, Kayla Oest-Gagliano, age 23, and a male, Jeffrey Geiger, age 32, both residents of CB South, were arrested.
According to the police report, damage occurred to property and merchandise inside the General Store. Additional damaged property, mostly electronics, was found at the suspects’ residence. Cash and other miscellaneous property were also seized from the residence.
“The total value of the damage is still being determined and a tire on a vehicle in the General Store parking lot was slashed,” said Trautman.
The defendants were charged with second-degree burglary, criminal mischief, and theft, all sixth-degree felonies. They were scheduled to appear in Gunnison County Court on April 28.