Local man charged with theft


— A 23-year-old Steamboat Springs man who has a history of stealing was arrested Wednesday for allegedly taking a $600 stereo from a vehicle.

Maurice A. Choquette faces felony charges of theft and criminal trespass for allegedly stealing the stereo out of a vehicle parked at The Industrial Company Tuesday afternoon.

According to court records, Choquette allegedly stole the stereo from a vehicle belonging to a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man.

At the time of the alleged theft, Choquette was meeting with the man to buy a sports car the alleged victim is selling.

The man told police, Choquette was acting strange as the two men were finalizing the agreement to purchase the vehicle.

As Choquette was putting a battery into the purchased vehicle, the man noticed one of Choquette's hands was bleeding, records show.

Once Choquette left in the vehicle, the man noticed his stereo was missing from his vehicle and the console was full of blood, court records show.

The man called police, who were able to get a hold of Choquette Tuesday night. After talking to police, Choquette turned himself in Wednesday afternoon.

On Thursday, Choquette was advised of the charges by Routt County Judge James Garrecht. His bond was set at $2,000.

Choquette was also arrested in June for allegedly stealing close to $1,300 from his former employer.

He faces a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing money from Sears between March 26 and April 4.

Choquette allegedly pocketed money from customers who made purchases with cash, records show.

Choquette is currently on probation for theft. He pleaded guilty to felony theft last year for making $900 worth of telephone calls to a 1-900 number using his employer's telephone.

At the time, Choquette was working for a local auto garage. Last October, Choquette was sentenced to 90 days in jail and placed on four years of supervised probation.

His next court appearance for both cases is set for Aug. 15.


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