Steamboat teacher charged with six felonies
Steamboat Springs — Police believe a Steamboat Springs High School teacher suspected of stealing a $75,000 piece of construction equipment also burglarized two businesses and stole another piece of construction equipment.
The charges filed Tuesday against Dustin Dike are two counts of felony second-degree burglary, four counts of felony theft, two counts of criminal mischief, defacing property and altering an identification number.
Dike was arrested by Steamboat Springs Police Department officers Thursday on suspicion that he stole a backhoe from a construction site next to Little Toots Park. Following further investigation, police connected Dike to other pieces of stolen equipment and the burglaries, according to the affidavits.
After his initial arrest, Dike told Steamboat Today the situation was “very concerning” and he had “no idea what is going on.”
On Tuesday, Dike was being held at the Routt County Jail with bonds set at $10,000 and $50,000.
Steamboat School District Superintendent Brad Meeks said Tuesday that Dike was still employed by the district, but he is not teaching any summer courses.
“We’re just monitoring the legal proceedings,” Meeks said.
Police have linked Dike to a March 4 burglary at a ski shop in Gondola Square, according to an affidavit. About $6,000 worth of items were taken, including GoPro cameras, sunglasses and goggles.
While searching Dike’s home Saturday, police found some of the stolen items, according to an affidavit. They also found a small lock with a metal cable that police believe was used to secure the GoPro cameras at the store.
While searching the car Dike was driving, police found a chainsaw they suspected might be stolen. According to an affidavit, police looked up the serial number and discovered it had been stolen during a Dec. 25 burglary of Precision Sharpening and Repair on 13th Street. More than $7,000 worth of items had been taken from the business.
On March 17, the Lawn Lady business reported a $29,500 skid steer with a snowblower attachment had been stolen from a parking lot at Fourth and Oak streets.
Dike had been using the skid steer at a job site on Cortina Lane, according to the affidavit. Police believe Dike painted the ski steer and placed a decal on the machine identifying it as a different model.
Dike is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Wednesday.
“Given Mr. Dike’s lifetime roots here and his body of work as an educator in this county, we are hopeful this matter can be resolved with appropriate accountability and a return to functionality for Mr. Dike,” Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen said.
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