Footage shows thief who stole art at Steamboat hotel |

Footage shows thief who stole art at Steamboat hotel

Historical piece taken from wall in Steamboat hotel

Zach Fridell

— Police are seeking help in identifying a person who walked out of a Steamboat Springs hotel with a rare historical photograph April 15.

At about 3:30 a.m. April 15, a person walked into a common area at the Sheraton Steamboat Resort and took a framed photograph of the Harbor Hotel off the wall. The person was wearing a sweatshirt with RCDC — Routt County Detention Center — on the chest, and the sweatshirt was pulled up to cover most of the person's head.

Security at the Sheraton noticed the theft later and after reviewing surveillance footage, reported the crime to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on April 20.

Detective Dave Kleiber said the value of the print isn't known. He said there is only one other known similar original copy of the photograph, and that is held at the Tread of Pioneers Museum. Kleiber said there is some market for historical artifacts, but it is unclear how the person would profit from the theft. The age of the print was not immediately known.

The hotel shut down for the season April 11, Sales and Marketing Director Joan Morri­son said, and the hotel will reopen June 5. Morrison declined to comment on the case because the investigation is ongoing and said she did not have a value of the photo, either.

The person in the photo appears to have a long lock of hair showing, but detectives said it's hard to determine the sex of the thief.

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Routt County Sheriff Gary Wall, who oversees the jail, said he did not know how a person would have a sweatshirt from the jail. Inmates are not allowed to keep them when they leave.

Anyone with information about this theft, or with tips about the person shown in the stills from the video, is asked to call Kleiber at 879-4345.

How to help

Anyone with information about the April 15 theft of a photograph from the Sheraton Steamboat Resort is asked to call Detective Dave Kleiber at 879-4345.

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