Men accused of quarter theft

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Two 19-year-old men were arrested Monday on suspicion of stealing about $600 worth of quarters from a woman who collects money from area newspaper dispensers.

Routt County Undersheriff Dan Taylor said Tuesday that Dustin Quinn Ager of Meeker and Luke Macain More of Steamboat Springs were arrested Monday afternoon after officers interviewed the two boys about the missing money.

Taylor said the woman reported the money missing from the back of her car in the 26000 block of Routt County Road 52. The woman collected the money Sunday from area Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News dispensers and had left a large plastic tub full of quarters in her back seat. The woman's car was not locked, Taylor said.

The woman said she questioned her juvenile son about the missing money and that her son told her that he and two friends stole it, Taylor said.

Taylor said Ager and More agreed to meet with officers Monday afternoon and gave them about $250. They said that was all they took.

Before their arrest, the men tried to give the $250 back to the woman, Taylor said. However, because the woman said she was missing $600, the men were arrested on suspicion of felony theft.

During police interviews, Taylor said the two men admitted to stealing between $1,000 and $3,000 worth of gasoline on a stolen gas card, shooting and killing a ranch animal and trespassing within the past few months.

Taylor said he expects the District's Attorney's Office to file numerous felony charges against Ager and More after the Sheriff's Office investigations are finished.

The woman's son was not arrested or charged with theft because he is a juvenile, Taylor said, adding that the district attorney could file charges against him at a later date.

Ager and More were taken to Routt County Jail, where they posted a $10,000 bond Monday. The men are scheduled to appear in court at 8:30 a.m. May 23.

-- To reach Alexis DeLaCruz, call 871-4234

or e-mail adelacruz@steamboatpilot.com

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