Bond hearing today for arson suspect

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— A 19-year-old Ohio man accused of arson, burglary and theft is expected to be in a Routt County courtroom this afternoon for a bond hearing.
Matthew John Hoffman is scheduled to appear before Routt County Judge James Garrecht at 1 p.m.
The reason for the court appearance is to consider the $35,000 bond that has been set for Hoffman, who allegedly set fire to a townhome at The Ridge in August to cover up a burglary. He also allegedly stole a vehicle and, in an unrelated crime, stole two "Welcome to Steamboat Springs" signs.
Initially, Hoffman was scheduled to appear in Garrecht's courtroom Tuesday afternoon. That proceeding did not occur because Hoffman's attorney, Norm Townsend, had a scheduling conflict.
Hoffman was arrested by Steamboat Springs police Sept. 26 after he agreed to travel from Warren, Ohio, to talk to investigators about the stolen welcome signs.
According to a court file, Hoffman confessed to police that he stole the signs, and set the fire at the townhome. No one was injured in the fire.
Of the bond total, $25,000 is for the arson charge.
Hoffman allegedly set fire to one of the units in the eight-unit building to cover up a burglary he allegedly committed the day before. Hoffman is facing felony charges of first-degree arson and second-degree burglary.
He also faces a charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft because he allegedly stole a Chevrolet Suburban from the townhome and packed it with stolen goods.
The remainder of the bond, $10,000, is for Hoffman's alleged theft of the two wooden signs. He faces a felony charge of theft for the signs, which were stolen in July.
The signs were recovered by authorities Sept. 7 at Hoffman's prior residence, an apartment at the D Bar K Motel, 35495 U.S. 40.

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