Housekeeper arrested in theft case

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— A Steamboat Springs Police Department investigation into multiple thefts at The Phoenix Condominiums resulted in the Monday arrest of an 18-year-old housekeeper.

Police arrested the teen, who is from Craig, on suspicion of three misdemeanor counts of theft, Det. Dave Kleiber said.

The investigation began after three guests staying at The Phoenix Condominiums on AprÃs Ski Way in Steamboat reported money stolen from their rooms, Kleiber said. Kathy Connell, owner of the property management company Colorado Resort Services, reported the alleged thefts to police after the guests reported them to her.

Police used condominium records to determine the thefts occurred when housekeepers were in the rooms, Kleiber said. Two of the thefts took place the first week of February; the third happened Saturday. In one instance, $100 was taken from a room. The two other thefts involved less than $100 each.

The teen, who was working with his mother as a housekeeper at the condominiums, admitted to the thefts, Kleiber said. Mother and son didn't collaborate in the thefts, and the mother aided in the investigation, he added.

"He's a young kid who made a stupid mistake," Kleiber said.

Because of the amount of money involved, the teen was arrested on misdemeanor counts of theft.

Housekeeping thefts are relatively common, Kleiber said, as are the likelihood the culprits will be found.

"We'd like to see the message get out," he said. "It's a crummy thing to do, and there's a good chance you'll get caught."

The case has been turned over to the District Attorney's Office.

-- To reach Brent Boyer call 871-4234

or e-mail bboyer@steamboatpilot.com

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