Update 2 – Additional Charges Filed on Burglary Suspect
On January 15 Fort Collins police brought an affidavit for additional charges against Keith Edgar Lubaski to the District Attorney’s Office of the 8th Judicial District. Charges were accepted, the judge signed the motion, and the charges added on Jan. 28. Lubaski, 35, of Fort Collins was previously charged for Second Degree Burglary to Painter’ Supply and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft. The new affidavit presented probable cause for the following additional charges:
Fire investigators from Poudre Fire Authority and Fort Collins Police Services determined that the fire at Signs Now was incendiary meaning that a person started a fire in a place they knew a fire should not be set.
Investigators have found no evidence of other suspects involved in the crimes committed in the early morning of December 26 and they believe that Lubaski acted alone. Lubaski has remained in custody since the evening of December 26, about 10 hours after the fire was reported at Signs Now.
The criminal charge are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Date: December 27, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Update 1 – Burglary Suspect Arrested
On Dec. 26 at approximately 6:00 p.m., Fort Collins Police Services arrested Keith Edgar Lubaski, 35, of Fort Collins, for 2nd degree burglary and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, both class 4 felonies.
Lubaski was driving a 2004 Toyota Tundra pick-up stolen yesterday morning from Painter’s Supply located at 1626 Riverside Ave. Painter’s Supply was burglarized yesterday and a small amount of money, a computer, and keys to several company vehicles were taken which included the key to the Toyota Tundra. An officer observed the stolen vehicle at Timberline Rd. and Charles Brockman Dr. and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled on foot and was detained a short distance away. Police recovered stolen computers belonging to Painter’s Supply and Signs Now from the truck.
Police are continuing to work with Poudre Fire Authority to determine the cause of the fire.
The criminal charges are only allegations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Original Press Release
Contact: Sgt. Paul Wood, Fort Collins Police Services, 970-221-6555
Date: December 26, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Police Investigate Suspicious Fire
Fort Collins police and Poudre Fire Authority were called to the business Signs Now at 1438 Riverside Ave. in Fort Collins at approximately 4:44 a.m. on the report of a structure fire. Police and fire personnel arriving on scene found a door on the business that appeared to be broken open. Detectives are working with Poudre Fire Authority investigators to determine the origin and cause of the fire as well as to determine if illegal entry was made to the building.
While the fire was being extinguished, a burglary was reported to police at Painter’s Supply located at 1626 Riverside Ave. Police responded and conducted an investigation in which they determined that forcible entry was made to the building and some computer equipment and a small amount of cash was stolen from the business.
It is unclear at this time if the burglary is connected to the fire; however, detectives are exploring that possibility. Anyone with information on suspicious activity in the area between 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 25 and 5:00 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 26, please call Det. Kyle Bendzsa at 970-221-6577 or Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers may also be reached through their Web site at www.stopcriminals.org
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