Arrests made in theft of safe in Steamboat Springs


— Two Steamboat Springs residents were arrested Saturday for what police say was their involvement in a burglary at the Subway sandwich shop in Curve Plaza. Police still are looking for a third person thought to be involved in the incident.

Thomas William Hall, 21, and Catherine May Schneegas, 18, were arrested on suspicion of breaking into the Subway and stealing a safe early Saturday morning, police said. Both were booked into Routt County Jail on felony charges of second-degree burglary and theft, as well as criminal mischief.

Steamboat Springs Police Department Officer Jeff Wilson said police were first dispatched to the store at around 4:30 a.m. Saturday to take a report on damage to a back delivery door.

Wilson said a manager arrived to open the store at about 6:30 a.m. and noticed the safe was missing. The exact amount of money in the safe was unknown but was estimated at $2,000, he said.

Using video surveillance, officers identified a vehicle and three people possibly associated with the theft. They subsequently arrested Hall, an ex-employee of the restaurant, around 11:30 a.m. Officers arrested Schneegas shortly thereafter.

Wilson said the safe was recovered from Hall’s residence.


rhys jones 5 years, 3 months ago

Why only second-degree burglary? Why not first-degree?


Phoebe Hackman 5 years, 3 months ago

Here's what one website says: "The only difference between first and second degree is that the charge of first degree requires that a person be present somewhere in the dwelling at the time of the offense. If no occupant is present, the charge is second degree. "


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