Thieves hit Rendezvous Saddle

Sheriff says about $10,000 stolen from restaurants' safe

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— Someone broke into a Steamboat Ski Area restaurant last week and stole approximately $10,000 from a restaurant safe, the Routt County Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office is investigating the break-in, which happened between 10 p.m. Thursday and 1 a.m. Friday at Rendezvous Saddle on Mount Werner. Sheriff John Warner said the person or people who broke in and opened the safe had some knowledge of the building's layout and the safe's location.

He said investigators have good leads on who might have taken the money.

Rendezvous Saddle, which is in the saddle of High Noon, includes the Rendezvous Saddle Cafeteria and Ragnar's. It is only accessible by skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, hiking, snowmobiling or sleigh ride.

Rendezvous Saddle is open until late afternoon for skiers and riders.

At night, Ragnar's opens for evening guests who access the restaurant via a sleigh ride from the top of the Gondola.

Ragnar's sleigh ride dinners are offered Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. The theft was reported Friday morning.

About $10,000 in cash was taken from the safe, Warner said.

The safe, which measures about four-and-a-half feet to five feet tall and three feet wide, was forcibly pried open.

"They obviously used some sort of tool to open it," Warner said.

The Sheriff's Office is submitting evidence, including the safe, to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

Mike Lane, spokesperson for the Steamboat Ski & Resort Corp., referred questions to the Sheriff's Office.

Anyone with information about the theft is asked to call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 870-6226 or the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 879-1144.

Callers to Crime Stoppers do not have to reveal their names and may be eligible for a cash reward if their information helps police solve the case.


-- To reach Danie Harrelson call 871-4203 or e-mail dharrelson@steamboatpilot.com

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