Former clerk suspected of stealing thousands from Hayden Kum & Go
Steamboat Springs — A former Hayden convenience store employee was arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing nearly $4,000 from the business.
The money was stolen Sept. 27 from a safe behind a counter at the Kum & Go.
Robert Romanov Woodland, 23, faces charges of felony second and third-degree burglary and felony theft.
According to an arrest affidavit, Woodland used to work at the Kum & Go and was helping a clerk for the majority of the clerk’s night shift. The clerk did not know Woodland but appreciated the help because it was the clerk’s second or third time working the night shift alone.
From about 1 to 3 a.m., Woodland reportedly took a nap on a bench across the street from the store. At 1:30 a.m., Woodland called the clerk and reminded the clerk to restock an ice bin outside the store.
After looking at surveillance video, police determined that Woodland entered the store through a side door while the clerk was outside filling the ice bin and took the money from the safe, the affidavit states.
When police went to Woodland’s Steamboat Springs residence later in the day, they discovered that Woodland had moved out and was headed to Delaware.
Police spoke to a shuttle driver who drove Woodland to Denver International Airport. The shuttle driver reported Woodland was acting strangely and “holding his backpack like his life was in it.”
In an attempt to contact Woodland, police emailed Woodland Oct. 4. At the advice of his mother, Woodland called police the next day.
“Woodland advised he had taken the money and gone to Dover, Delaware, to ‘get clean’ in that he believes he has a drug problem and that legal marijuana in Colorado is a bad influence,” the affidavit states.
Woodland took a bus back to Colorado and turned himself in at the Routt County Jail on Monday.
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