Alleged serial burglar charged in brewery burglary

By John Miller
jmiller@taosnews.com
Posted 5/23/19

Carl Gage, the Alaska man whom law enforcement believes carried out more than a half-dozen burglaries around Taos County in 2018, picked up his third case in just four months May 17 – for …

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Alleged serial burglar charged in brewery burglary

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Carl Gage, the Alaska man whom law enforcement believes carried out more than a half-dozen burglaries around Taos County in 2018, picked up his third case in just four months May 17 – for allegedly burglarizing Enchanted Circle Brewing in Angel Fire last September.

A criminal complaint filed this month in 8th Judicial District Court in Ratón alleges that Gage used a pry bar – the tool investigators believe he used in all of the burglaries he has been charged in – to break into the Colfax County business on Sept. 3.

Once inside, Gage then allegedly stole $500 in cash and ransacked the business, causing damages estimated to be as high as $1,000.

Gage, 46, faces a total of six counts: possession of burglary tools, a fourth-degree felony; nonresidential burglary, a fourth-degree felony; larceny, a fourth-degree felony; tampering with evidence, also a fourth-degree felony; criminal trespassing, a misdemeanor; and criminal damage to property, a petty misdemeanor.

Gage is set to appear for an arraignment in the case on June 3 before newly appointed district judge Melissa Kennelly.

Taos Police Officers first arrested Gage on Feb. 25, charging him in five burglaries and one attempted break in that mystified law enforcement for months in 2018.

Gage was charged with burglarizing Popolo’s Games in Taos; the north-side Blake’s Lotaburger in Taos; KOKO Coffee and Deli on two occasions, as well as one attempted break-in; and one burglary at Southwest Wellness Center.

At a pretrial detention hearing March 1, Judge Jeff McElroy ruled to keep Gage incarcerated at the Taos County Adult Detention Center. McElroy cited Gage's lengthy criminal history and past failures to comply with conditions of release.

Gage picked up another case earlier this month, on May 9, charging him with four fourth-degree felonies for a burglary at Bailey’s Chimney in El Prado.

Red River Marshall Tim Boren said earlier this year that several burglaries that took place in the area of Red River last year will also likely be tied to Gage, but charges for those crimes had not been filed as of press time Wednesday (May 22).

Rounding out Gage’s legal problems is a 2013 burglary case out of Fairbanks, Alaska, where an arrest warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to comply with conditions of probation.

A fugitive from justice complaint has been filed for that case in Taos District Court. An extradition hearing has been set for May 28.

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