Suspect identified in Rendezvous burglary

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— Investigators have identified one suspect they believe may have been involved in the February theft of more than $10,000 from Rendezvous Saddle on the Steamboat Ski Area.

Jonathan McIntyre Doda, also known as Kevin Miles or Jonathan Sterling McIntyre, is already in custody at the Fort Lyons Correctional Facility for a prior felony offense.

Routt County Sheriff's Investigator Rachelle Redmond is investigating the case. She said Doda was living in Pitkin County at the time of the robbery.

The sheriff's office submitted a Sobe bottle, hairs and fibers found at the scene of the crime to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. CBI labs obtained DNA evidence from the items.

The DNA evidence produced a "hit" on the Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS.

The computer database system was set up by the FBI to provide DNA profiles for convicted offenders.

According to a search warrant at the Routt County Courthouse, the DNA from the Sobe bottle and hair matched the DNA profile of Doda.

Redmond said the DNA profile from CODIS cannot be used in court, so the sheriff's office had to request a search warrant to obtain DNA evidence directly from Doda to compare to their evidence found at the scene.

Redmond requested the warrant June 3. Blood, saliva and hair samples were taken from Doda June 5.

Redmond said the sheriff's office is now waiting for the CBI to test the samples and confirm whether or not the DNA matches evidence found at the crime scene.

The robbery happened in the early morning hours of Feb. 28. A safe in an office in the Rendezvous Saddle was robbed of about $10,800.

The door of the safe was taken off, Redmond said.

The Rendezvous Saddle is located halfway down the High Noon run in the ski area. There is no road access to the building.

Redmond said it appeared that there was more than one suspect involved in the robbery; two sets of footprints in the snow were found leading up to the building.

Redmond said a snowmobile was subsequently stolen from the property and abandoned at the base of the mountain.

A second suspect has also been identified, Redmond said. The sheriff's office is in the process of locating that person.

The suspects could be charged with first-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Investigators are still trying to contact a witness who lives in Steamboat Springs and may be acquainted to the suspects. Redmond said the witness has recently been out of town.


-- To reach Erin Ragan call 871-4232

or e-mail intern@steamboatpilot.com

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