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Alcohol blamed in hotel burglary

Gary E. Salazar

— A 41-year-old Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 60 days in the Routt County Jail for stealing $50 from a local motel in August.

On Wednesday in Routt County Court, Ronald Thomas Patterson pleaded guilty to theft, a class three misdemeanor.

Along with the jail sentence, Judge James Garrecht placed Patterson on one year of supervised probation and ordered he get counseling for an alcohol problem.

Patterson will have to pay $420 for the supervision and $600 for cost of care in the county jail. Garrecht also fined Patterson $100 and ordered he pay $138 in court costs. Garrecht also ordered Patterson to abstain from alcohol, which was a factor in this incident.

“Alcohol has been a problem for Mr. Patterson,” said William Schurman, Patterson’s court-appointed attorney. “It was a problem for him in this case.”

At about 6:30 a.m. on Aug. 14, Patterson stole $50 in change from the Super 8 Motel, 3195 Lincoln Ave. He was arrested by police as he was walking on U.S. 40.

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Patterson was charged with felony burglary, but the charge was dismissed because of a plea agreement negotiated by Schurman with Deputy District Attorney Charles Lance.

Patterson was arrested after he was seen by an employee leaving the motel with a two-way radio and a metal box.

Patterson was seen standing by the motel’s front desk. When the employee got to the front desk, the cash register had been forced open and other items were scattered in the office.

The employee told police the cash register contained only coins because the paper currency had been removed when the employee went to the laundry room.