Bond reduced in car theft case |

Bond reduced in car theft case

Susan Cunningham

A Steamboat Springs man charged with stealing two cars from a Strawberry Park neighborhood in November will be admitted to a transitional living center in Glenwood Springs next week.

In Routt County Court on Wednesday, 23-year-old Phillip Carroll Robinson’s bond was reduced from $20,000 to a personal-recognizance bond to allow him to leave jail and enter the program. His case also was bound over to the 14th Judicial District court Wednesday, with a hearing scheduled for May.

Robinson was arrested Nov. 10 on suspicion of stealing two vehicles, breaking into a home and leading police officers on a brief chase before being taken down with a Taser stun gun.

He has been charged with four felony charges: first-degree motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, criminal mischief and second-degree motor vehicle theft.

If Robinson does not complete the transitional program successfully, he has to report to the Routt County Sheriff’s Office immediately, Routt County Judge James Garrecht ruled.

The decision was a resolution to Robinson’s continued requests for a lower bond, which were denied repeatedly.

Charges related to a separate third-degree assault case, will be heard along with the vehicle theft case. Robinson was on bond for that case when he was arrested on suspicion of the car thefts.

Robinson pleaded guilty to a third charge of driving under the influence of alcohol, and was sentenced to one year of unsupervised probation.

Early Nov. 10, Routt County sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglar alarm in the 3200 block of Routt County Road 38 and reportedly saw Robinson on the second-floor balcony of the home. Robinson went in the home, police reports state, and escaped.

Shortly after, police saw Robinson driving a vehicle that just was reported stolen. Robinson tried to turn the vehicle around, hit a tree, exited the vehicle and fled by foot, police said. Police chased him and used the Taser stun gun to stop him.

There was another car found at the home Robinson allegedly broke into and a third vehicle that seemed stuck in the driveway of the home broken into, police said.

The case will be heard at 2 p.m. May 6 in District Court.

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