The crime spree started in early 2012. Authorities believe the two suspects couple were involved in burglaries of six to eight homes in Ouray County over a period of two to three months, and that, in late March, they stole a truck (its keys were found inside one of the burgled homes).
Several days later, on April 5, the truck showed up in a motel parking lot in Sandy, Utah, loaded with stolen items from the burgled homes in Ouray County.
Investigating police officers found more stolen goods inside a room in the hotel, as well as drugs and drug paraphernalia. They arrested Matthew Kurr on charges including theft, false evidence of title/registration, and possession of stolen property, drug paraphernalia and instruments for burglary/theft/vandalism, and reported that Echo Kurr, believed to be his accomplice, escaped from the motel and eluded capture at that time.
According to Ouray County Sheriff Junior “Dominic” Mattivi, Matthew Kurr initially told authorities he was unaware that he had been driving a stolen vehicle, and claimed someone had given him the truck. He also denied knowing his female accomplice, but then later said he knew her, by a name associated with a stolen ID.
Police and court records indicate that the duo spent 10 days in the Salt Lake City Metro Jail, but allegedly continued their criminal activity after being released on bail.
In May, Echo Kurr was arrested in Montrose County, under the alias Echo Hughes, for aggravated motor vehicle theft, and spent time in the Montrose County Detention Center. She was also cited for criminal impersonation while registering at a motel, and is expected to enter a plea regarding that charge in Ouray County Court on Thursday, Oct. 4. Hughes/Kurr has a Clifton address, Mattivi said.
Matthew Kurr was arrested in Salt Lake City, on charges of possessing/receiving stolen property on June 7, but bonded out the following day.
The Kurrs are also the lead suspects in four burglaries in Montrose, two in Grand Junction and four in Utah, according to Mattivi.
It has been difficult thus far for authorities to gather the evidence they need for a conviction.
Both suspects have “lawyered up,” Mattivi said, adding that a confession at this point seems unlikely.
“The District Attorney wants us to prove” that the Kurrs were in homes that were burgled, “which we can’t do at this time,” he said. “Just because they were in possession of stolen items doesn’t necessarily mean they were at the house.
“But we’re still hoping to nail them,” he emphasized. “Our main concern was to get the cars back, which we did.
“Now we need to link them to the actual thefts.”