Bear Mountain Ranch theft suspect appears in court |

Bear Mountain Ranch theft suspect appears in court

Elizabeth Carmichael, 47, accused of stealing more than $451,000 from Bear Mountain Ranch in western Grand County, appeared in County Court on Monday morning, March 2, with her attorney Kristopher Hammond.

Carmichael appeared for a Hearing on Advisement.

The suspect waived her right to formal advisement Monday morning and her lawyer requested a preliminary hearing. Carmichael and her counselor are scheduled to be back in court on Monday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m.

A mandatory restraining order was placed on Carmichael Monday morning, which is a common procedure in such cases. The two protected parties are John and Anne Draper, previous owners of the Bear Mountain Ranch and Carmichael’s former employers.

Carmichael worked as both a bookkeeper and manager for the ranch and was also involved in a related business called Bear Mountain Bison, according to the affidavit for her arrest warrant. Carmichael was fired from her positions at Bear Mountain Ranch in 2012 after the Drapers suspected she had stolen from them, the affidavit says.

The Hearing on Advisement appearance for Carmichael was for arrest charges only. Formal charges have not yet been filed but are expected in the near future.

Carmichael lives in Lubbock, Texas, but is suspected of stealing $451,755 from the Bear Mountain Ranch in Grand County between 2009 and 2012 while she was an employee at the ranch.

An arrest warrant was issued for Carmichael on Jan. 7. She turned herself into Colorado authorities on Jan. 17.

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