Snooty Coyote burglary suspect heads to court |

Snooty Coyote burglary suspect heads to court

Lance Maggart

Connor MacLaird is headed to court next week.

MacLaird, 20, is the suspect in the burglary of the Snooty Coyote Liquor Store in Tabernash; an incident that occurred during the early morning hours of September 15, 2015. MacLaird will have his first court appearance related to that incident next week when he goes before District Court Judge Mary Hoak for an arraignment on Tuesday Jan. 19.

MacLaird’s case quickly garnered statewide attention in the fall of 2015 when he was was shot by Grand County Sheriff Brett Schroetlin during the on-scene investigation following the initial burglary reports. Schroetlin’s shooting of MacLaird was later ruled justified by a 14th Judicial District Grand Jury and the proceedings on Jan. 19 apply only to MacLaird’s alleged crimes.

MacLaird has been formally charged with four crimes related to the incident on Sept. 15. Those charges are: assault in the first degree on a peace officer, a class 3 felony; second degree burglary, a class 4 felony; theft, a class 2 misdemeanor and criminal mischief, a class 3 misdemeanor. After Sheriff Schroetlin shot MacLaird the burglary suspect was airlifted to St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood where he was treated for his wounds.

After he was released from the hospital MacLaird was arrested by authorities from Jefferson County on a warrant out of Texas. He was transferred from Jefferson County to the high country on Nov. 18, 2015. Grand County Undersheriff Wayne Schafer confirmed Wednesday Jan. 13 that MacLaird is currently being held in the Routt County Jail and has not been released on bail.

The charges against MacLaird are accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

For more details on the officer-involved shooting of MacLaird please go to

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