Suspects in Sunday vandalsim arrested
Steamboat Springs — Two teenagers were arrested on suspicion of committing criminal mischief early Sunday morning after holes were knocked in drywall at the Steamboat Grand Resort Hotel and the Snowflower condominiums.
Police tracked the teens down after one was suspected of attempting to steal shirts from the Sinclair station on U.S. 40.
Vandalism was reported at 6:23 a.m. Sunday near the south end of the Steamboat Grand. There were three large holes in the wall near the south side entry doors, said Steamboat Springs Police Cpt. Joel Rae.
Then at 7:10 a.m., vandalism was reported at the Snowflower condominiums, where drywall in the underground parking entrance had been damaged.
Meanwhile, police responded to the Sinclair station, where a 16-year-old male was reportedly trying to steal shirts by stuffing them in his own shirt, Rae said. Officers arrived, and found the teenager was argumentative and combative. They released him to his parents.
The owner of the store had decided not to press shoplifting charges, according to police.
But the teen later returned to the store to locate his skateboard and resumed arguing, according to police reports. Officers were called back to the scene, but the teenager had already left without his skateboard, Rae said.
Upon their return, police located a skateboard outside the gas station that had pieces of drywall embedded in its wheels and deck, Rae said.
The teen was summoned once again and denied being involved with the vandalism. He said his skateboard had been stolen three days earlier and another teenager had it.
Police called the second teenager (a 15–year-old) in, and he confessed that he and the first teen had caused the damage.
Both were arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief and damaging private property. The cost of the damage was estimated at less than $500, Rae said.
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