Man arrested for ID theft - twice


— A Steamboat Springs man arrested Tuesday on burglary and identity theft charges was arrested a second time Thursday when law enforcement officers learned he had given them a false identity - that of another identity theft victim.

John Allen Bates, 21, was arrested Tuesday in connection with a burglary reported March 23. Bates is accused of breaking into a residence in the 2200 block of Apres Ski Way where he had previously stayed for several days, and stealing a rifle and other personal property in addition to bank account numbers and personal identification information, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Bates was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, a Class 3 felony, criminal possession of financial devices (identity theft), a Class 6 felony, and theft under $500, a Class 3 misdemeanor.

At the time of his arrest, Bates told police he was a 31-year-old North Carolina man. The name he gave police turned out to be the name of a suspected victim of identity theft.

"He gave us the wrong name, wrong everything related to his first arrest," Rae said.

The Routt County Jail's access to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's fingerprint database was down for two days, meaning the jail was unable to get clearances on anyone arrested during that time, including Bates.

Bates' fingerprints were not run through the system until after he was released from jail Wednesday on a personal recognizance bond. When it was discovered that he had given a false name, police arrested him Thursday, this time on suspicion of felony larceny.

Further charges are pending, and the Steamboat Springs Police Department's investigation is ongoing.

"We were able to contact the real (man) in North Carolina. It turns out that he was a victim of identity theft - this guy lived with him for a couple of weeks and allegedly stole a credit card, several military documents and awards and took on (the man's) identity," Rae said.

Man gets probation for Ski Jam incident

A Littleton man was sentenced to four years probation Friday in connection with a January incident during which police said he assaulted an officer after being detained during a Ski Jam concert at the base of the ski area.

Karsen Timothy Johnson, 20, was arrested Jan. 15 during the North Mississippi Allstars' concert, where he was creating a disturbance and harassing the band members, according to police. Johnson also appeared to be highly intoxicated, police said.

While police were waiting to transport him to Routt County Jail, Johnson allegedly slipped one of his hands out of his handcuffs and struck one of the arresting officers in the face, resulting in minor injuries.

Johnson pleaded guilty Jan. 30 to reduced charges of felony menacing and criminal mischief, and was sentenced to four years probation Friday.

The menacing charge is subject to deferred judgment. If Johnson successfully completes his probation sentence, the felony will be removed from his criminal record.

Johnson was originally charged with two felonies, second-degree assault on a police officer and resisting arrest, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing alcohol as a minor.


WZ 8 years, 12 months ago

"The Routt County Jail's access to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation's fingerprint database was down for two days, meaning the jail was unable to get clearances on anyone arrested during that time, including Bates."

This is the real story here!


seeuski 8 years, 12 months ago

I had the misfortune of knowing this guy through work and he is a smooth liar. The victim listed in the article was another coworker who was giving this guy a place to stay for a couple of days like many nicer Steamboat people do for those in need. What a payback? My question to the authorities is, why let someone out on personal bond when identity theft is the crime and you haven't even id'd the guy because of a computer glitch? Sounds like another case this summer when they left an elusive car thief alone in the Hospital and then the guy escaped only to commit more crimes elsewhere. When does the publics safety and justice come first?


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