Accusations kept secret in theft case involving former Glenwood arts director

Post Independent (Glenwood Springs): Though the former Glenwood Springs Center for the Arts director is being accused of misdemeanor theft tied to a police investigation of the organization, neither the police chief nor the district attorney are providing details about the accusations.

Typically when someone is arrested on felony or misdemeanor charges, an affidavit filed to obtain the arrest warrant is made public. That document details law enforcement’s findings that support the charges, and gives the public insight into its law enforcement agencies’ workings.

But no such information is yet available in 31-year-old Christina Brusig’s Class 1 misdemeanor theft case. Class 1 misdemeanor theft in Colorado is theft of $750-$2,000. On Nov. 3, Glenwood Springs police issued her a summons to appear in Garfield County Court on that charge. But no affidavit is filed in cases in which a summons is issued.

District Attorney Jeff Cheney would add little more about the facts of the case, though he talked about what it took to investigate it.

“We did study the case very hard,” he said. “I had several prosecutors look at it, (and) had an investigator (along with a police detective) do a lot of follow up. And our decision after all that follow-up was that we had probable cause to file a misdemeanor.”

This case took time to put together, said Cheney. The investigation into the art center’s finances began in April, and an audit report was completed in June and handed over to the DA.

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