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Man pleads guilty, sidesteps charges

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 5th, 2012

Harrison Forsyth

Courier staff writer

ALAMOSA — Harrison Forsyth allegedly committed numerous crimes on the night of June 24, but one thing he didn’t do is break into a cash register or a product dispenser.

Yet the 21-year-old Castle Rock-area man pleaded guilty on Tuesday to that very same crime, sparing himself from a host of more serious felony charges.

Under an agreement with prosecutors, Forsyth entered the so-called “plea of convenience” to attempted third degree burglary. In exchange, the district attorney’s office agreed to dismiss three related cases — and numerous felony charges against him — with prejudice.

Forsyth was allegedly caught damaging flower pots near Alta Fuels on July 3, leading authorities to charge him with criminal mischief, resisting arrest, obstructing and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Upon follow-up investigations and interviews, police reportedly connected him to a rash of crimes that occurred on the night of June 24.

Among other things, they alleged that he burned an American flag and a state flag at First Southwest Bank, which led to a felony charge of second-degree arson.

Based on video surveillance from that scene, as well as contacts with a person of interest, police reportedly tied Forsyth to three car break-ins downtown. Two of those cars were allegedly damaged at Alamosa Lumber, where authorities say Forsyth broke a building window.

Once they added the alleged offenses together, Forsyth had racked up additional felony charges of second-degree burglary and first-degree criminal trespass, along with two misdemeanors.

12th Judicial District Judge Pattie Swift is scheduled to sentence Forsyth on March 5, 2013.

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