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Suspect arrested for burglary at home damaged in Marshall Fire, police say

Nathan Liedtke is not allowed to enter the Marshall Fire burn areas as a condition of his arrest warrant, Louisville Police Department said.

LOUISVILLE, Colo. — A suspect was arrested in connection to a burglary of a home that was one of the only ones left standing after the Marshall Fire in Boulder County, the Louisville Police Department said.

Police said Nathan Liedtke was taken into custody Saturday on suspicions of second-degree burglary of a dwelling, and theft of property between $5,000 and $20,000.

Around 3 a.m. on March 19, police said a sergeant noticed suspicious activity near the entrance of a home and discovered a Chevrolet truck parked in the driveway when he entered the neighborhood. The sergeant called in the truck to dispatch to see if it belonged to the owner and drove around the block as he waited for the information, an arrest affidavit says.

When he returned he saw a man outside the home who appeared to have some sort of light with him, according to the document. When the man, later identified as Liedtke, saw the sergeant he ran from the residence, the affidavit says. The sergeant attempted to catch up to the man, but could not. The sergeant and another officer cleared the home and located numerous stringed instruments on the ground outside. When investigators contacted the homeowner they learned that he repaired instruments. 

The sergeant discovered items taken from the home in the truck and along the suspect's path, according to police.

The following items were found in the truck bed:

  • Two stools
  • A clock
  • Two stringed instrument cases one with a violin
  • Two plastic bins containing miscellaneous items
  • A white plastic laundry basket with items inside
  • A guitar and other items

Other items including a cello a coach purse and a cellphone were found in the truck, the affidavit says. 

An officer collected the phone as evidence and put it in airplane in an effort to prevent it from being accessed remotely. When he did that he saw Liedtke's name and a profile picture of him, the affidavit says.

Liedtke was released after posting a $10,000 bond, and as a condition of his arrest warrant, he is prohibited from entering the Marshall Fire burn areas, according to police.

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"Many of the residents of the City of Louisville were victimized by the Marshall Fire," Police Chief Dave Hayes said. "Incidents like this burglary revictimize those who have already gone through so much. The Louisville Police Department is committed to working in partnership with the community, City Council, and other law enforcement agencies to be creative and effective in preventing crime from happening not only in the burn areas but also in our city as a whole."

Anyone who sees suspicious activity in the burn areas, or who has knowledge of any possible criminal or fraudulent activities related to the fire is asked to call the police department at 303-441-4444.

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