An 18-year-old man was arrested early Tuesday on charges he broke into a yurt at Howelsen Hill and stole $80 worth of soda and candy.
Brock Davis Cook of Steamboat Springs was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said an officer conducting a routine check of Howelsen Hill noticed that the yurt, which houses the ticket and concession stand for the Howler Alpine Slide, had been broken into. The officer saw that the screen siding had been pulled apart, wood had been broken and soda and candy were missing.
About an hour later, Routt County sheriff's deputies found Cook and two juveniles walking on the bike path near Dream Island. Their backpacks were full of soda and candy.
When questioned by officers, Cook initially said he bought the soda and candy at Safeway that evening and met the two juveniles afterward. But when officers said the items matched what was missing at the yurt and that they would look at Safeway surveillance cameras to verify his story, Fiebing said that Cook confessed to taking the goods from the yurt.
The other juveniles said they had no idea where the soda and candy came from and were eliminated as suspects.
The police estimated the stolen soda to be worth $21 and the candy to be worth $59.
Cook also had a $50 backpack with him that he said was left unattended at Howelsen Hill Skate Park. The backpack contained someone else's ID. Police said he had another backpack, also worth $50, which contained a glass pipe with marijuana residue in it. Cook said that backpack belonged to him but that he wasn't sure how the drug paraphernalia got in there, police said.
Cook's bail was set at $5,000 and he is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court on Aug. 19. He has not been released from jail.