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Suspect in Steamboat theft case turns herself in

One of two suspects in a theft at the Old Town Hot Springs has turned herself into authorities in Arapahoe County. Surveillance footage caught Tasha Lynn Stapleton, 29, left, who confessed to stealing a Steamboat woman’s credit cards and racking up more than $3,000 in purchases at stores in Steamboat and Craig. Police are still searching for 42-year-old David Lee Spears, right.
Derek Maiolo

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A Denver woman suspected of breaking into a local resident’s car and stealing credit cards and a purse at Old Town Hot Springs earlier this week has turned herself in.

Tasha Lynn Stapleton, 29, turned herself in to Arapahoe County authorities after using the stolen credit cards to buy more than $3,000 in various items, including gift cards, according to Steamboat Police Chief Cory Christensen.

Police are still searching for a man, 42-year-old David Lee Spears, who is suspected of the same crime.

The two each bought a day pass at the hot springs on Monday to gain access to the locker room and steal car keys from multiple unlocked lockers, according to Sgt. Jeff Wilson of the Steamboat Springs Police Department.

They used the keys to break into at least one woman’s vehicle and steal several items, including her credit cards and purse. The woman reported the thieves racked up more $3,000 of purchases on the stolen cards in less than two hours at stores in Steamboat and Craig.

Police are still searching for Stapleton. People who know the location of the suspect are advised not to approach him but to call 911 and report to law enforcement.

To reach Derek Maiolo, call 970-871-4247, email dmaiolo@SteamboatPilot.com or follow him on Twitter @derek_maiolo.


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