Police used a liquor store scotch purchase to track down the man they think stole electronics from an unlocked car Tuesday.
William Conner McColm, 22, was arrested on suspicion of felony identity theft. A search warrant also lists the charges of felony trespassing and misdemeanor theft, but as of Friday morning, the Routt County District Attorney's office had not filed official charges.
Police were called after a Steamboat man noticed items belonging to his wife were missing from his car after going to a dinner party in the 2300 block of Ski Trail Lane. The missing items included a $1,000 laptop, $600 tablet, six flash drives and several credit cards.
The woman contacted her credit card companies and learned one of her credit cards had been used at a liquor store at 2300 Mount Werner Circle.
Sgt. Rich Brown said an officer went to the liquor store and discovered the card had been used to buy a $72 bottle of scotch. The liquor store employee had swiped the buyer's driver's license, and the driver's license number was printed on the receipt.
After looking up the number, police determined it belonged to McColm. The clerk said the driver's license photo was of the man who bought the scotch. His signature also matched the one on the liquor store receipt.
According to an arrest warrant, police found McColm at school at Colorado Mountain College, and McColm admitted to stealing the electronics from the car.
"You don't have to get a search warrant," McColm told police, according to the search warrant. "The computers are there, and I'll given you consent for you to get them."
McColm later told police he left his home to get ice cream, and he noticed a car parked in an unusual place. It was still there when he returned. The warrant states McColm opened the unlocked car door, reached in and grabbed a bag. He then admitted to police that he bought the bottle of scotch using the stolen credit card, the warrant states.
McColm was released from custody after posting a $5,000 bond. He is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. March 18.
McColm could not be reached for comment Friday.
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