Pritt pleads guilty in Grand Lake burglary ring case |

Pritt pleads guilty in Grand Lake burglary ring case

Authorities still seeking Sabo, Hewitt

The six suspects arrested in connection with a string of more than 40 burglaries that occurred in the Grand Lake area in 2017 and 2018. Clockwise from top left: Candice Hewitt, Paul Asbury, Jorge Varella, Adam Pritt, Colin Sabo and Joshua Miles.
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The ongoing legal saga surrounding an alleged burglary ring in the Grand Lake area moved further towards completion in recent weeks after defendant Adam Pritt pleaded guilty as part of a plea agreement.

On Feb. 28, Pritt, 25, entered a guilty plea at the Grand County Courthouse. Pritt pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft in relation to his involvement in a series of burglaries that occurred in the Grand Lake in 2017 and 2018. Pritt pleaded guilty plea to an amended count of felony theft.

Pritt was initially charged with a class five felony for theft between $5,000 and $20,000. His guilty plea however was for a class six felony theft between $2,000 and $5,000.

Pritt is scheduled to appear back in court on May 9 for a sentencing hearing. Officials from the Grand County Court Clerk’s Office noted that the plea agreement signed by Pritt and the District Attorney’s Office is “tentative” and has been neither formally accepted or rejected by the court.

A presentence investigation report has been ordered that will be reviewed by the court prior to the sentencing hearing that will help determine whether or not the court accepts the plea agreement. The plea agreement signed by Pritt will not become official until the court formally accepts it. Felony theft was the only charge Pritt faced in the case.

Proceedings for defendant Jorge Varela, 29, continue to move through the court system with little reportable action. Varela was schueled for a status conference on March 4. His case was continued to April 8. On April 8 Varela’s case was once again continued until May 6 when he is scheduled to appear back in court for a preliminary demand hearing. Varela faces charges of second degree burglary and felony theft.

Court officials are currently seeking defendants Colin Sabo, 46, and Candice Hewitt, 33, after the two individuals failed to appear at their most recent court proceedings. Bench warrants have been issued for the arrest of both individuals. Hewitt failed to appear in court on Jan. 17. A bench warrant was issued for her arrest that day. As of April 23 Hewitt had not been taken into custody.

Likewise, defendant Colin Sabo failed to appear at his Jan. 31 court proceedings. A bench warrant was issued for his arrest as well. Court officials confirmed on Tuesday that Sabo has not been taken into custody since the issuance of that bench warrant.

Defendant Paul Asbury, 46, is still awaiting further activity in his court case. On Jan. 31 Asbury pleaded not guilty to the two separate charges he was facing: possession of burglary tools and felony theft. Asbury’s case has been scheduled for a jury trial, which is set for July 22.

Joshua Miles, 25, who was also implicated in the Grand Lake burglary ring, pleaded guilty to felony theft in late November last year. In February Miles was sentenced to 18 months in community corrections.

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