Man arrested on truck theft charges


— A 24-year-old man who allegedly participated in the theft of truck in the early hours of Dec. 9 was arrested Wednesday morning.

Geoffrey A. Sage was arrested outside his Stagecoach apartment just after midnight. Sage allegedly participated in the theft of a red 1989 Ford truck stolen from Jim Stetson's ranch on Routt County Road 14.

Troy O'Neil, 32, also from Stagecoach, was arrested at 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at his residence.

According to a court file, Sage had remained at-large until authorities caught him, as he was walking outside his door.

Sage appeared in Routt County Judge James Garrecht's courtroom Wednesday afternoon. His bond was set at $5,000.

Sage posted the bond later in the afternoon.

O'Neil posted a $5,000 bond Dec. 11.

Sage and O'Neil have been charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class four felony.

O'Neil also faces a felony charge of criminal mischief, as a result of $2,600 in damage caused to Stetson's truck, the file shows.

The two men allegedly decided to steal the truck from the ranch just after midnight Dec. 9. The two men had been with Keith Bennett, 33, also of Stagecoach.

Bennett was driving the three men back from a bar in Oak Creek on Routt County Road 14 when he lost control of a 1983 Chevrolet truck on a snow-packed road, the file shows.

As Bennett attempted to get the truck unstuck from the side of the road, O'Neil and Sage started to walk home, the file shows.

Bennett soon gave up his attempt and started to walk home when he was allegedly picked up in the red truck, the file shows.

O'Neil was allegedly driving the truck with Sage sitting in the passenger seat, the file shows.

Once the men were home, they all got out of the truck. O'Neil allegedly disposed of the truck by putting the truck in gear and letting it travel into a field.

The truck's engine seized up, the radiator was damaged and a tire was blown out, the file shows. It cost $2,600 to repair the truck, the file shows.

Authorities were able to trace the theft to O'Neil and Sage when they investigated the truck the three men allegedly abandoned on the side the road, the file shows.

O'Neil and Sage have court dates set in January.


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