Man arrested in unlawful telephone calls case |

Man arrested in unlawful telephone calls case

Christine Metz

A 21-year-old Hayden man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of illegally making more than $900 worth of international telephone calls from a Sheraton Steamboat Resort Hotel room.

Mateusz Piotr Pudeiski, who has citizenship in Poland, appeared in court Tuesday, where he asked Routt County Judge James Garrecht if he could just pay for the calls.

Pudeiski was arrested Tuesday after an interview with the Steamboat Springs Police Department, Capt. Joel Rae said.

Sheraton employees noticed that phone calls were being made from a hotel room and Pudeiski was identified as the caller from an electronic key card he used, Rae said.

Pudeiski was an employee at the hotel. The phone calls were made during several days to family members in Poland, Rae said. The theft is a felony offense.

Pudeiski also was advised in court Tuesday, and Assistant District Attorney Kerry St. James said he planned to file charges that day.

Pudeiski, who speaks some English, asked that his $5,000 bail bond be lowered and asked Garrecht what would happen if he paid for the telephone calls.

St. James objected to the lower bond, pointing to Pudeiski’s lack of ties to the community and international status as a risk.

Garrecht did not lower the bond from the scheduled amount of $5,000 and ordered Pudeiski to return to court today. Pudeiski remains in the Routt County Jail.

Also in court Tuesday, Michael Edward Benninghoven asked for a reduction to his $20,000 bail.

Benninghoven was arrested Thursday for allegedly growing psilocybin mushrooms in his condominium on Burgess Creek Road.

Benninghoven was charged with manufacturing psilocybin mushrooms, a felony offense that could come with four to 12 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.

Benninghoven, who is waiting for a public defender, asked Garrecht if there was any chance of getting his bond reduced. Deputy District Attorney Erick Knaus objected to any bond reduction, and the amount stayed in place.

Benninghoven bonded out of the Routt County Jail on Tuesday and was ordered to return to court today.

Steamboat Springs police officers said they found mushrooms, equipment, chemicals, supplies and notes for growing psilocybin mushrooms inside Benninghoven’s residence at 1775 Burgess Creek Road.

— To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229 or e-mail

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