3 arrested for Grease Monkey burglary

Men suspected of stealing safe and its contents in September

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— Three Routt County men have been arrested for their alleged involvement in stealing a safe from the Steamboat Springs Grease Monkey in September.

Steamboat Springs residents Joshua Aaron Labossiere and James Tyler Payne were arrested by Steamboat police Friday. Payne was arrested on felony second-degree burglary and theft, a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief, and unrelated theft and drug charges. Labossiere was arrested on suspicion of felony third-degree burglary and theft, and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief.

On Monday, Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Oak Creek resident Zackery David Carter, 19, on suspicion of felony burglary. As of Tuesday, charges had not been filed.

The three men are thought to be the only ones involved in the Grease Monkey burglary, police Capt. Joel Rae said Tuesday.

The suspects were roommates in Steamboat Springs at the time of the Sept. 19 burglary, according to police affidavits.

Labossiere told investigators that Payne and Carter broke into Grease Monkey and removed the safe, then drove the stolen safe home and asked him to help them open it, according to police affidavits. Labossiere was a Grease Monkey employee at the time of the burglary.

The men allegedly opened the safe by throwing it down an embankment off Divine Way and removed its contents, including $1,200 cash and checks written by customers, according to police affidavits. The men allegedly left the safe in the ravine for about two weeks, before moving it to another location off Game Trails Lane, where it eventually was seized.

Payne also is charged with theft and providing false information to a pawn broker, both felonies, for allegedly pawning a laptop computer stolen in September from a vehicle in West Acres Trailer Park. He also faces a felony charge of cultivating marijuana.

All Crimes Enforcement Team Task Force Commander Garrett Wiggins did not return a call for comment.

Carter, Labossiere and Payne remained in custody Tuesday at Routt County Jail. Each is due to appear in court at 1 p.m. Dec. 3.

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