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2 charged with meth possession after alleged theft from Milner storage facility

Law enforcement unsure if suspects are connected

Scott Schneegas, left, and Nathan Thompson
Routt County Sheriff’s Office/Courtesy

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — Two men arrested Sunday at a self-storage facility in Milner are now facing felony charges, including possession of methamphetamine, according to officials.

Nathan Thompson, 31, and Scott Schneegas, 25, have been charged with felony counts of possessing a controlled substance and first-degree introduction of contraband, according to an arrest affidavit obtained from the Routt County Justice Center. Thompson faces two additional felony charges of second-degree burglary and theft.

Deputies with the Routt County Sheriff’s Office responded just after midnight Sunday to a disturbance and report of a suspicious person at a self-storage facility in Milner. A woman had accused Thompson of stealing $3,000 worth of items from her storage unit, according to the affidavit. Thompson allegedly had already loaded the stolen items into his vehicle and was attempting to leave the scene when law enforcement arrived.

Deputies took Thompson into custody and transported him to the Routt County Jail. During a routine pat-down inside the jail, deputies discovered a rock-like substance in a black bag inside the man’s pants, according to the affidavit. A narcotic identifying kit determined the substance to be methamphetamine.

Schneegas, who also was at the storage unit at the time of the alleged theft, was arrested after deputies found he had a warrant out for his arrest, according to the affidavit. While performing a pat-down at the jail, deputies found a rock-like substance, similar to Thompson’s, that was folded in a piece of paper inside Schneegas’ pocket. The substance was also determined to be methamphetamine.

Lt. Ryan Adrian with the Sheriff’s Office said it is unclear if the men are connected in any way, despite being in the same location at the time of their arrest. Schneegas has a Steamboat Springs address, according to Adrian, but did not appear to be involved in the alleged theft. Adrian described Thompson as a transient man with a Texas driver’s license.

Both men appeared Tuesday in the Routt County Combined Court where a judge set Thompson’s bond at $5,000, according to justice officials. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 4 for an appearance on bond.

Schneegas’ bond has been set at $2,000 and is set to return to court Nov. 20 for a status conference, justice officials said.

To reach Derek Maiolo, call 970-871-4247, email dmaiolo@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @derek_maiolo.

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