News in Brief: Burglar arrested |

News in Brief: Burglar arrested

Burglar arrested for breaking into bookstore

A Steamboat Springs man was arrested Sunday on suspicion of breaking into a local bookstore and coffee shop and taking $439 in cash.

Christopher Jacob Jones, 18, admitted to kicking in a door to Off the Beaten Path Bookstore & Coffeehouse, prying open a filing cabinet and taking the cash inside.

The incident occurred Saturday night and was reported around 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Jones confessed to the burglary and theft when detectives interviewed him around noon Sunday, according to police reports.

A footprint was found outside the damaged alley door. When police asked Jones to take his shoes off to match the soles to the suspected burglar’s footprint, they found the stolen money in the right and left shoe, said Art Fiebing, assistant police chief of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

The damage to the door is estimated at $200.

Jones , who is related to the coffee shop’s owners, cooperated with police, Fiebing said.

Jones faces charges of second-degree burglary and theft. He was being held on $5,000 bond at the Routt County Jail Monday.

City gets first approval for request of new fire truck

A $140,000 request to help the city of Steamboat Springs purchase a $230,000 wildland fire engine won first-round approval in Aurora last week.

The nine-member Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Advisory Committee recommended the city get its entire request during a two-day hearing in Aurora Wednesday and Thursday.

The city was the sole Routt County representative seeking cash from Colorado’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program in this funding cycle.

Municipalities and counties in the state submit requests three times a year for their share of the state’s energy and mineral impact funds.

Local governments in Colorado requested about $11.8 million in state aid to offset the costs of $42.3 million worth of water and sewer projects, road improvements, building renovations and equipment purchases.

The committee’s recommendations go to the state Department of Local Affairs, which makes the final decision on who gets available funds.

The city’s proposed fire engine would enhance fire suppression efforts countywide. The Steamboat Springs Rural Fire Protection District has committed $30,000, and the remaining $60,000 will come from the city.

Christian Heritage School hosting annual fund-raiser

Christian Heritage School will hold its Annual Silent Auction and Fund-raiser at 6 p.m. on March 28 at the Steamboat Grand. Live entertainment by Brent Rowan will be provided along with hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Tickets are $20 per person. For more information, call 879-1760.

Wild Horse will feature local artists starting Friday

The Wild Horse Gallery will present works by its Steamboat artists from Friday to April 9. More than 20 local artists will be represented, with work ranging from paintings to jewelry to wooden vessels to bronze sculptures.

The show’s opening reception will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. Call 879-7660.

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