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Man gets jail time for series of thefts preying on elderly

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — An Adams County court judge sentenced a man to 16 years in prison Tuesday in six cases of home invasion robbery and car theft targeting senior citizens.

Damien Paul Dahmer, 25, pleaded guilty on April 3 to theft of an at-risk adult, attempted theft of an at-risk adult, first-degree trespass of a dwelling, attempted first-degree trespass of a dwelling and vehicular eluding, according to the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.

Dahmer and his colleague, Maryann Faith Martinez, 28, went to the homes of senior citizens they knew and asked to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Once they entered the homes, they would distract the victim and then steal items like car keys, house keys, wallets and purses, DA spokeswoman Sue Lindsay said.

Lindsay added that, in most of the incidents, the victims knew Dahmer and his associate through other neighbors, family members or because the defendants had previously lived in the area.

In one case, the two went to the Adams County home of an 82-year-old man. They asked to use his restroom and then stole his car keys. After they left, the victim resumed work in his backyard. He then noticed his car was missing from his garage. Later that evening, he woke up at 4 a.m. to discover an individual in his living room stealing his TV.

During the sentencing hearing, Deputy DA Scott Sweeney said, “The way he targeted senior citizens was sickening.”

“It’s unfortunate that these individuals took advantage of people they knew and violated their trust to gain entry into their homes and victimize them,” DA Dave Young said. “The defendant did this not once, but multiple times. I hope this sentence sends the message that this conduct will not be tolerated in our community.”

Martinez pleaded guilty to three counts of theft of an at-risk adult and trespass. She is scheduled for sentencing July 11 in an Adams County district court.