Kidd arrested in grocery incident

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Steamboat Springs ski legend Billy Kidd was arrested last week after taking a package of buffalo steaks and a dozen pink roses from City Market while it was closed for renovations.

The incident appears to be something of a misunderstanding -- Kidd had left a note saying he planned to pay for the items.

City Market officials wrote a letter to the 14th Judicial District Attorney's Office asking that all charges be dismissed, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said Monday. Two days after Kidd was arrested, the case was dismissed, according to court documents.

The incident took place Oct. 10. City Market was closed for renovations, but construction workers and employees were inside, and the store's doors were unlocked, Rae said.

Kidd went inside the store at about 7:52 p.m. He told police that he picked up the steaks and roses but couldn't find a place to pay, Rae said. Kidd also said he talked to two City Market employees who told him he couldn't buy anything because the store was closed.

Kidd left a handwritten note at the customer service center saying he would pay for the groceries when the store reopened.

Police were contacted by security officials who saw Kidd leave without paying for the items, Rae said.

Kidd was arrested and booked at Routt County Jail on suspicion of second-degree burglary and theft. He was freed on a $5,000 bond. The case was dismissed two days later.

Kidd is the director of skiing for Steamboat Ski Area. He also is one of America's first Olympians to medal in skiing.

Kidd could not be reached for comment Monday.

Trail Daugherty, a spokesman for King Soopers/City Market, said he had no comment about the incident.

-- To reach Susan Cunningham, call 871-4203 or e-mail scunningham@steamboatpilot.com

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