Ski Corp. security foils snowboard heist |

Ski Corp. security foils snowboard heist

RideSports sales associate Johanna Jeffery sorts through a selection of snowboards Sunday afternoon. Early Saturday morning, two local men broke into the Gondola Square store and attempted to steal more than $3,000 worth of snowboards, but they were caught by Ski Corp. security officers and arrested by Steamboat Springs police. The men broke into the store through the window next to the store's entrance. The window now is covered with a board.
Mike Lawrence

— Steamboat Springs police arrested two men who were “caught in the act” of stealing more than $3,000 worth of snowboards from a retail store at Steamboat Ski Area early Saturday morning.

Sgt. Nick Bosick said just after 2 a.m. Saturday, Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. security staff discovered the men attempting to steal at least six snowboards – with a total estimated value of $3,100 – from the RideSports store in Gondola Square. The men entered the store by breaking a large window next to the store’s main entrance. The security officers detained the men until police arrived.

Cameron Todd Smith, 27, and Eric Paul Zarrella, 23, remained in custody at the Routt County Jail Sunday evening on suspicion of several felony charges including second-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief. Both men live in Steamboat.

Ski Corp. spokesperson Mike Lane said Smith is a current Ski Corp. employee.

“They could be facing two to six years for the burglary,” Bosick said.

Smith and Zarrella also face charges related to the broken window, which Bosick said is valued at $800. A felony charge is applied to criminal acts involving more than $500.

RideSports staff declined to comment Sunday on the attempted burglary.

Bosick said nothing unusual alerted Ski Corp. security staff to the men.

“They were just doing their normal rounds and came across these guys,” Bosick said. “They caught them in the act of removing multiple snowboards from the store.”

RideSports is located down a flight of stairs from the Gondola Transit Center, in a covered walkway that also houses retail businesses including The Market at Gondola Square.

A large wooden board covered the broken window Sunday afternoon.

Lane declined to comment on specifics of the incident, citing the pending investigation, but credited Ski Corp. security.

“We have a really talented security staff, and they often go unnoticed,” Lane said. “This is another example of the great job they do every day.”

As of Sunday evening, neither Smith nor Zarrella had posted bail, set at $10,000 for each. A court date was not yet filed.

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