Man suspected of burglary, stealing pain medications |

Man suspected of burglary, stealing pain medications

— Steamboat Springs police believe a 26-year-old Steamboat man broke into three homes in search of pain medications to feed an addiction.

Jason R. Bonner faces three felony burglary charges, two theft charges and six counts of possession of a controlled substance.

On April 9, Bonner was arrested on the possession of a controlled substance charges. According to an arrest affidavit, Bonner had several prescription pill bottles, some of which had labels showing they belonged to people other than Bonner.

After learning of the arrest, a resident in the Fairview neighborhood reported a neighbor saw Bonner enter her home, according to the affidavit.

Police then interviewed the residents of two downtown homes whose names were on the prescription bottles. One of the residents said her home was likely left unlocked while she was out of town for 15 days. She confirmed her Percocet was missing, the affidavit states.

The other downtown resident also said her door was likely left unlocked, and pain medications belonging to her and her daughter were missing, the affidavit states.

After a judge signed an arrest warrant, Bonner turned himself into jail Thursday. He was given a personal recognizance bond and released.

“In a case like this, involving a young person with no significant criminal history whose addiction drives them to do property crimes, one of our main priorities is to incentivize that person to address their addiction realistically and effectively — we want them to get healthy and stop committing crimes,” Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen said. “A disposition built around treatment, recovery and rehabilitation is the best the criminal justice system can offer, and the rest is up to the person and their supporting family and friends.”

Messages left with Bonner’s attorney Friday were not immediately returned.

Detective Sam Silva said the case is a prime example of why people should not hold onto unused prescription medications.

The Routt County Sheriff’s Office, at 2025 Shield Drive, has a drop box for people to dispose of unneeded medications.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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