Man arrested for allegedly kicking cars


A man was arrested Wednesday morning on suspicion of kicking and damaging several cars in the Boothill Bar and Grill parking lot.

Michael Merlin Craig, 29, of Steamboat Springs, was arrested by Steamboat Springs police after a guest of the Celebrity Resorts Steamboat Springs Hilltop Hotel reportedly watched Craig walk through the parking lot kicking and damaging at least four vehicles, police Sgt. Richard Brown said.

Craig reportedly was drinking at the bar with a friend when the men were asked to leave. Brown did not know whether the men were creating a disturbance, but he said Craig was visibly upset about being asked to leave.

Brown said that after Craig left the bar, he was seen kicking cars in the parking lot. His friend did not kick any vehicles.

Officers Dwight Murphy and Jerry Stabile responded to the call at about 1:25 a.m. and found three cars with dents in them and one car that reportedly had been kicked but that did not have any damage.

Officers notified the vehicles' owners by leaving information with the hotel's front desk and by leaving business cards on the windshields. Brown said that all the owners have contacted police.

Brown said he saw one of the vehicles, a mini-van, that had a dent in its tailgate and the distinct mark of a shoe print.

Craig was arrested on charges of criminal mischief, a Class 4 felony, and tampering with vehicles, a Class 5 felony. Brown said the charges are being treated as felonies because of the amount of damage that was done to the vehicles. Craig was cooperative with officers though he was intoxicated, Brown said.

Craig was taken to Routt County Jail, where he was released on a $5,000 bond.


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