Suspects identified in car burglaries


James Walter Russell, 23, of Kremmling and his girlfriend, Brook Lynn Ewing, 21, were identified as  suspects in the James Russell recent thefts of  items in unlocked vehicles on October 28 and 29 in the areas of North 2nd Street, Central Avenue, Kinsey Avenue, Eagle Avenue and Grand Avenue.

The Kremmling Police Department (KPD) identified approximately 14 individual reports of unlocked vehicles, that were either parked outside residences or inside garages, were rummaged through and had items stolen.

Kremmling Police Chief Jamie Lucas stated, “On October 29, 2018, we began investigating the reported incidents and leads that directed us to a James Walter Russell and his girlfriend, Brook Lynn Ewing. During interview of Brook Ewing, she confessed to having meth and other paraphernalia that she was hiding inside of her pants. Brook Ewing was then charged with Possession of a Schedule II Narcotic and Drug Paraphernalia and booked into the Grand County Detention Center.”

According to Chief Lucas, warrants for Russell have been obtained for First Degree Criminal Trespass, a class 5 felony, criminal possession of a financial device, a Class 6 Felony, unauthorized use of financial transaction device, a class 1 misdemeanor and theft, a class 3 misdemeanor. 

“James Russell has been placed into NCIC as a wanted felon so he could be arrested anywhere he is found and that includes outside our jurisdiction and other States,” Chief Lucas said.

Chief Lucas also emphasized the investigation is ongoing and the possibility of other suspects is still being pursued.

“It is important to know that this is still an ongoing investigation and the defendants are innocent unless proven guilty. As we continue to investigate, more charges will be coming forward and possible additional defendants maybe revealed,” Chief Lucas commented.

Margaret Ball, James’ mother, said of the recent incident, “Our hearts go out to everyone he wronged in this, but we also know he is more than his mistakes and hope he will have a chance to redeem himself. We don’t condone what he did, but we will be standing by James all the way.”