Residents help police nab man

Boyfriend of alleged theft victim sits on suspect until officers arrive

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Two quick-thinking residents helped police arrest a man accused of breaking into a car and stealing about $400 worth of items Wednesday night.

Mark Andrew Stabler, 19, of Steamboat Springs, was charged with two counts of first-degree criminal trespass, theft and attempted theft. He reportedly was spotted by Adam Lee, 25, of Steamboat, and his girlfriend, Jennifer Herring, 23, of Steamboat, while allegedly breaking into Herring's car, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Lee and Herring told police they were coming out of a house in the 200 block of Ninth Street when they saw Stabler in the car.

Stabler attempted to get on a bicycle and ride away from the scene after he realized he had been seen, but he made it only as far as the middle of the road when Lee tackled him and pushed him off the bike, Rae said. Lee dragged Stabler back to the driveway where the car was and sat on him, holding his face to the ground, while he called police and waiting for officers to arrive.

Lee had Stabler in a grassy area on the side of the road when officers arrived.

Lee remained on the phone with dispatchers while he was waiting for police to get there. He said Stabler was trying to bribe him into letting him go.

Rae said that Stabler had taken more than 20 CDs, a pair of sunglasses and a CD case from Herring's car and another car. Rae said that Stabler may have broken into another vehicle and that police are investigating the incident.

Stabler allegedly was intoxicated when he was arrested, and he also was ticketed for underage drinking, Rae said.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234 or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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