Man tackles theft suspect

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— Arkansas resident Steve Wiles was bummed when he realized his snowboard was gone from a rack outside the Bear River Bar on Monday night.

Unlike most whose snowboards meet the same fate, however, Wiles found one he thought was his Tuesday morning -- in someone else's possession.

Wiles, 46, told police he'd been walking around Gondola Square near the Kid's Vacation Center when he saw two men standing near a snowboard that looked identical to his and that he decided to confront them, police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Wiles said he told Jeremy Patrick Allee, 22, of Steamboat Springs, that a board just like the one he said Allee was holding was stolen Monday night.

Rae said Wiles persuaded Allee to follow him to the Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. security office so employees could photograph the snowboard and Wiles could show them what his board looked like.

Wiles told police Allee agreed but bolted once he began walking up the stairs to the security office.

Rae said Wiles ran after Allee and caught him in the 2400 block of Pares Ski Way behind the Snowflower Condominiums. Wiles reportedly tackled Allee and held him down until officers arrived.

Allee was arrested on suspicion of theft and theft by receiving, both Class 4 felonies, police said.

Officers taking Allee to Routt County Jail said they noticed him squirming in the back seat and reported finding a small bag of cocaine they said fell out of Allee's coat and onto the floorboard.

Officers reported finding another small bag of cocaine in Allee's wallet. The two bags of cocaine together weighed 2.1 grams, Rae said.

In addition to the theft charges, Allee was charged with possession of a Schedule 2 controlled substance, also a Class 4 felony.

Rae said Wiles' snowboard was valued at $800.

Allee was held in jail overnight without bail.

On Wednesday, Routt County Judge James Garrecht set Allee's bond at $11,000. Allee is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. Dec. 21.

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

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