Suspect sought in burglary case, has ties to Ridgway

A suspect involved in two early-morning burglaries is believed to have headed toward Ridgway and to have stolen license plates from the parking lot of a local hotel.
Interim Ridgway Marshal Shane Schmalz confirmed deputies are looking for a man believed to be responsible for burglaries in Placerville and Sawpit early Monday morning. The businesses, the Sawpit Mercantile and M&M Mercantile, were hit within minutes of each other. They’re located within five miles of each other on Colorado Highway 145.
The burglaries, which happened just before 2 a.m., involved a white male, believed to be around 30 years old, who is unshaven, has a stocky build and stands 5-foot-10 to 6-feet tall. He may go by the name Mikey and was last seen wearing a sweatshirt over a long white shirt, possibly a restaurant uniform.
The suspect was last seen driving a four-door white Dodge pickup that may have bullet holes in the back end, as one of the business owners reportedly shot at the suspect as he fled the M&M Mercantile in Placerville, according to law enforcement.
Schmalz said his office received a report yesterday that license plates were switched on a vehicle parked in the Ridgway Lodge and Suites. Video surveillance from the business helped law enforcement identify a suspect, whose name has not been released, as this person reportedly stayed at the lodge earlier this month, according to Schmalz.
The Marshal’s Office is working with the San Miguel Sheriff’s Office, which is offering a $500 reward for information leading to an arrest in the case. Investigators believe only one suspect is involved at this time, according to San Miguel Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Susan Lilly.
Anyone with information is asked to call dispatchers at 970-728-1911. Reports can be made anonymously.