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Is Brittany Storms Latest Teen to Invade a Stranger's House While on Drugs?

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If the arrest of eighteen-year-old Brittany Lynn Storms for allegedly entering a home illegally while “out of it on drugs” sounds familiar, it should.

Earlier this month, we noted that Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett had decided not to criminally charge a homeowner who fatally shot Roberto Zamroa, a nineteen-year-old CU Boulder student. His actions were found to be legal under Colorado's so-called Make My Day law.

Zamora had reportedly invaded the man's home and attacked him before being shot — and witnesses suggested that the teen was under the influence of hallucinogenic mushrooms at the time.

During his announcement about the case, Garnett referenced a 2012 incident involving Zoey Ripple, a recent CU Boulder grad who'd been shot after drunkenly wandering into the wrong house; she survived.

"It is unfortunate that we continue to see incidents in Boulder where people under the influence of drugs or alcohol become so intoxicated that they illegally trespass into another’s residence, or otherwise end up in situations that result in injury or, as in this case, death," Garnett said.

As the Storms matter demonstrates, such incidents aren't unique to Boulder. She's from Grand Junction, and the accusations against her stem from actions in the Aspen area.

This past Sunday, May 17, according to the Aspen Times, a man and woman who live on a street called Shady Lane returned home to find the front door open and a woman later identified as Storms walking out and acting as if she was under the effect of drugs.

The female half of the couple accused Storms of stealing. An arrest affidavit accessed by the Times quotes the teen as denying that she'd taken anything and insisted she was just "looking around."

She later elaborated to investigators, saying "she was fascinated with the size of the all-glass front door of the residence and opened it" — after she claimed her name was "Brooke Gunnison," that is.

Upon leaving the house, Storms is said to have taken a walk on the Rio Grande Trail, not far from the house. That's where police who responded to the homeowners' call found her and took her into custody.

Was robbery Storms's motivation for entering the house? The Times notes that she has "a history of drug and theft arrests in Mesa County," but she didn't take anything from the house on Shady Lane, either because she never intended to or was interrupted before she could do so.

Prosecutors clearly believe the latter is the more likely possibility. Storms has been advised of charges against her that include first-degree trespassing, criminal impersonation and second-degree burglary.

That's the bad news for Storms, who's due back in court on June 1. But at least no one shot her. Here's a look at her booking photo.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

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