A 21-year-old man suspected of breaking into six vehicles and attempting to steal stereos was arrested Friday morning.
Cliff Edwin Garnett of Steam--boat Springs, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass, theft, criminal mischief and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Police think Garnett broke into six cars parked near 10th Street and Lincoln Avenue, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Nick Bosick said. When Garnett was arrested, police found three faceplates from car stereos in his possession and two stereos in a nearby ditch.
A sixth vehicle's window was broken with a brick, but the owner said nothing was missing, Bosick said.
At about 3 a.m., a resident reported a suspicious person near Bob's Downtown Conoco and said the man had two stereo faceplates in his pockets. An officer was on scene within a minute, Bosick said, but the man already had left the area.
About 30 minutes later, Garnett, who matched the description given by the initial caller, was spotted walking along U.S. Highway 40 near Conestoga Way. The officer stopped to contact him, and Garnett reportedly took off running. The officer caught up with him and asked him what was in his pockets. Garnett showed him three faceplates and then took off running up a hill, Bosick said.
The police officer caught Garnett about halfway up Conestoga Way and arrested him.
Police then returned to where the vehicles were broken into and found others burglarized and stereos missing from two vehicles.
The police found the missing stereos in a ditch close to where Garnett was arrested, Bosick said. Each stereo was worth between $150 and $300. The faceplates had little value, Bosick said.
Garnett is being held at the Routt County Jail on $10,000 bond.