Men face several charges for snowboard theft

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— Two Steamboat Springs men face numerous charges stemming from a Wednesday night burglary of a ski shop at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area.

Nicholas James Tallman, 20, and Francisco Biberos, 26, each face charges of second-degree burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of theft and criminal mischief.

The two men are allegedly responsible for breaking a window and stealing a $400 snowboard at about 9:30 p.m. from RideSports, 2245 Mount Werner Circle.

Tallman, who was highly intoxicated, was arrested Wednesday night. Biberos was arrested Thursday at about noon.

Both men are being held at the Routt County Jail.

According to court records, the two men allegedly broke a display window to steal the snowboard from the business, located in Gondola Square.

Police were alerted of the theft by a couple who heard the glass shattering, said Steamboat Springs Detective Dave Kleiber.

The couple allegedly saw Tallman with the snowboard at the bus station at the base of the Steamboat Ski Area, records show.

Tallman allegedly handed the snowboard to Biberos, who was boarding a bus, records show.

Tallman did not get on the bus because the couple notified the men they were calling police, Kleiber said.

A Steamboat Springs police officer caught Tallman at the bus stop, records show. The man was allegedly trying to hitchhike when the officer noticed the man fit a description of the suspect, records show.

At first, Tallman denied having anything to do with the theft. He claimed he was drinking at a restaurant and was on his way home.

At the business, officers found a piece of paper that had a footprint on it that allegedly matches the shoes worn by Tallman, records show.

Police also found the snowboard wrapping about 50 yards from the business.

At the county jail, Tallman allegedly told investigators he broke the window but did not steal the snowboard.

Police were unable to apprehend Biberos until Thursday. He was arrested at the Steamboat Ski Area. The Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. employ both men.

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