Steamboat woman accused of stealing $25,000 from ex-boyfriend
Kati More admitted last year to taking Loggers Lane Owners Association money
March 9, 2011
Steamboat Springs — A Steamboat Springs woman who made headlines in 2010 for stealing money from the Loggers Lane Owners Association was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of stealing $25,000 in cash from a former boyfriend.
Police arrested Katina "Kati" Marie More, 38, at her home on Cypress Court on Wednesday morning on suspicion of felony theft.
Steamboat Springs Police Department Detective Jerry Stabile said he was contacted Friday by a man in his mid-20s. The man, who Stabile said did not want to be identified, said he and More had been in a relationship and had gotten into a verbal argument earlier in the week.
The victim said on Friday that he went to a lockbox in his house containing his personal savings and the cash was gone. Stabile said the man immediately suspected that More had taken the money.
"She was going to move out of the place, and she took a little more than just her clothes," Stabile said.
Stabile said the man had received text messages from More that Stabile considered an admission of guilt.
More also had a key to the mountain-area residence, and there were no signs of forced entry, Stabile said. He said More used a hidden key to access the safe, and none of the missing cash had been recovered.
Stabile said More declined an interview and wanted to discuss the situation with her lawyer, Larry Combs. Phone messages left with Combs and More on Wednesday afternoon were not returned.
More was advised Wednesday by 14th Judicial District Judge Shelley Hill and was released soon after on a $20,000 personal recognizance bond. She is due back in court at 2 p.m. March 16.
More is on probation for stealing and then returning more than $60,000 when she was treasurer of the Loggers Lane Owners Association. More owns Artistic Edge in the Loggers Lane development along U.S. Highway 40 on the west side of Steamboat.
As part of a plea deal with the Routt County District Attorney's Office in November, More avoided jail time and had to serve 240 hours of community service and pay nearly $1,700 in costs and fines. More pleaded guilty to a felony computer crime and a misdemeanor disorderly conduct charge.
The computer crime charge had a two-year deferred sentence, meaning it can be dismissed after two years if More follows all the stipulations of the deal.
The District Attorney's Office dismissed a charge of theft of $20,000 or more and another computer crime charge as part of the plea deal.
If More is charged and convicted in this theft case, it will likely jeopardize the deferred judgment she received as part of the plea deal.
— To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or e-mail mstensland@SteamboatToday.com