Man faces charges for thefts |

Man faces charges for thefts

Gary E. Salazar

— A 26-year-old Steamboat Springs man has been arrested in connection with the theft of food from a local hotel and the burglary of five vehicles over the weekend.

Mathew Christopher Huey faces felony charges of second-degree burglary and five counts of criminal trespass for the incidents that happened just before 5 a.m. Saturday morning in the 2300 block of Apres Ski Way. Huey also faces a misdemeanor charge of theft.

Huey was booked into the Routt County Jail and appeared in Routt County Court Monday afternoon. Judge James Garrecht set the man’s bond at $5,000.

Police arrested Huey after finding him early Saturday morning with a compact disc case and numerous packets of instant oatmeal and soup.

According to court records, Huey is accused of breaking the windows of three vehicles and stealing the CD case and other items. The other two vehicles were unlocked, records show.

All of the vehicles were parked in the lot at the Chateau Chamonix Condominiums.

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Police and firefighters went to the scene at about 4:45 a.m. when a fire alarm at the condominium complex sounded. The alarm was false.

At the scene, police were given information that vehicles had been broken into, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Residents at the complex notified officers a man was walking in the area, Fiebing said.

Huey was found by officers as he exited the Ptarmigan Inn, 2304 Apres Ski Way, records show.

As the officers were talking to Huey, officers received a report that food was stolen from an office in the Ptarmigan Inn, records show. Police ordered Huey to empty his pockets and “several packets of instant oatmeal and soup” were allegedly found in Huey’s possession, Fiebing said.

Huey’s next court appearance is scheduled for 9 a.m. Sept. 25.