Man sentenced to 90 days in jail

Steamboat resident charged with theft

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— A Steamboat Springs man was sentenced to 90 days in jail and two years of probation for theft charges.

District Judge Joel Thompson sentenced Dominick Eugene Fritts, 19, for class four felony theft on Friday. The charge was for forging checks.

Fritts will appear again in Routt County Court on Wednesday for sentencing on charges of harboring a minor. Two weeks ago, Fritts pleaded guilty to sheltering a runaway and not notifying the runaway's parents. Fritts drove to Kansas in September with two teen-age girls from South Routt.

He took off with the 16-year-old and 17-year-old without informing the girls' parents or gaining the parents' permission. According to court documents, the girls said Fritts said he would find them employment in Kansas.

A routine traffic stop by Kansas police revealed the two girls were runaways. Fritts was released at the time because there were no warrants for his arrest.

The girls' parents picked them up in Kansas and returned them to Colorado.

Fritts returned to Steamboat Springs and was staying with a friend when police arrested him.

Two counts of violation of custody were dropped when Fritts pleaded guilty to the harboring a minor charge two weeks ago.

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