Robinson sentenced to 10 years in million dollar burglary case
William Congr Robinson has been sentenced to 10 years prison in the Colorado Department of Corrections, according to the Grand County Sheriff’s Office.
Robinson pleaded guilty to two counts of Second Degree Burglary (class 3 Felony), one count of Theft (class 3 Felony) one count of Second Degree Burglary (class 4 Felony), one count of First Degree Criminal Trespass to vehicle (class 5 Felony), and 57 counts of Possession of Weapons by Previous Offender (a class 5 Felony).
Upon release from prison, he will serve an additional five years on parole and was ordered to pay $40,419.72 in fines, restitution and court costs.
Robinson is facing additional charges in Texas upon completion of his prison sentence in Colorado. He was sentenced here in late August but the information was not released publicly due to ongoing investigations regarding the case.
Through 2011, 2012 and 2013 the Grand County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) received numerous call concerning residential burglaries and incidents of items stolen from vehicles.
Evidence collected at one scene included blood located inside a vehicle. The blood was collected by Sgt. Nate Macchione and submitted to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for DNA testing by Investigator Pamela Peschiera.
On Dec. 19, 2013, DNA was matched to a previously convicted individual identified as Robinson. The Sheriff’s Office investigation discovered Robinson lived in Hot Sulphur Springs.
The GCSO initiated a search warrant on Dec. 21, 2013. Due to the amount of stolen property identified inside the residence, the search warrant continued for three days, ending on Dec. 24, 2013.
Throughout the ensuing six-month investigation three additional search warrants were executed at the residence to seize items later identified as stolen in Colorado and Texas.
Seized from the residence were approximately 2,250 stolen items including 59 firearms, $1,377 in cash, various clothing, hunting and camping gear, household dishes, art, cameras, fishing gear, golf gear, electronics, tools and jewelry.
Jewelry seized was appraised at a wholesale value of $878,000. The total stolen property seized was estimated to a total value of $912,855. Robinson was arrested in Texas and transported back to Grand County.
The stolen items solved 21 felony cases in Grand County, eight burglary cases in San Antonio, Texas, two burglary cases in Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, and two burglary cases in Selma, Texas.
An estimated 508 items seized were returned to victims in Texas, including jewelry stolen during a burglary of the San Antonio Spurs basketball coach’s residence.
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