Man facing marijuana charges arrested

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An 18-year-old Colorado Mountain College student was arrested Tuesday on suspicion he stole about $2,000 worth of ski and snowboarding equipment from a business where he worked.

Wade Zachary Gibson, 18, of Montvale, N.J., turned himself in to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on the felony theft charges he was facing, Sgt. Dale Coyner said.

Gibson is accused of taking a snowboard, two pairs of skis, a pair of bindings, a T-shirt and a pair of ski boots from the One Stop Ski Shop, where he had been employed, according to police reports.

The store owner reported the thefts Dec. 31, Coyner said.

Gibson was fired from the store for failing to show up for three shifts.

Gibson already has a pending felony case in Routt County on charges he was growing marijuana in his dorm room.

In November, officers contacted Gibson at his dorm room after they received a call from a resident adviser who suspected Gibson was growing marijuana. Police said Gibson gave them permission to enter his room and search. Officers reported finding one 5-inch marijuana plant growing under a bench under his bed.

Shortly after Gibson was kicked out of the dorms, he began staying with another employee of the ski shop at his apartment on Mountain Village Circle, according to police reports.

Coyner said Gibson's roommate began to suspect that ski equipment turning up at an apartment was stolen from the ski shop. He kicked Gibson out and called police, Coyner said.

Coyner said no stolen merchandise had been recovered.

Gibson appeared from the Routt County Jail via teleconference Wednesday for his advisement in county court.

Defense attorney Larry Combs asked Judge James Garrecht to take Gibson's age, lack of a prior record and the fact that he turned himself in into consideration when setting bond.

Combs said he thought a $1,000 bond would be appropriate. Deputy District Attorney Tammy Jenson objected to the low bond, saying that although Gibson had not yet been convicted of marijuana cultivation, a Class 3 felony, those charges were pending.

Garrecht set the bond at $10,000, saying Gibson lacked substantial ties to Routt County and had pending felony case.

Gibson is scheduled to appear in court at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18.

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