Craig man faces several charges after alleged theft

23-year-old allegedly tried to steal change, credit cards and cash in Steamboat Springs


STEAMBOAT SPRINGS A 23-year-old Craig man faces numerous felony charges for allegedly trying to steal a change machine from a hotel and stealing credit cards and cash from a grocery store last week.

Michael Christopher Jones was arrested Sunday evening for trying to remove a change machine from the Ramada Hilltop and stealing 11 credit cards and $50 in cash from an employee locker room at Safeway.

Both incidents occurred the afternoon of May 2.

According to court records, Jones is a former employee of the Ramada, 1000 Highpoint Drive, and Safeway, 1400 Lincoln Ave., in Steamboat Springs.

Police records show Jones allegedly went to the grocery store after 1 p.m. and stole the credit cards and the cash from two purses that were in employee lockers.

He then allegedly used one of the credit cards to purchase $15 worth of batteries later in the day, records show.

For the incident, he faces charges of criminal possession of a financial device, third-degree burglary and criminal impersonation, which are all felonies.

He also faces a charge of misdemeanor theft.

Jones went to the Ramada just after 2:30 p.m., where he allegedly attempted to steal a change machine from the vending area by using a luggage cart, records show.

Jones told hotel staff he was there to fix the machine or take it out.

Police were called when hotel personnel contacted the company that owns the machine and found out they had not sent a worker to retrieve the machine.

Jones left the hotel before police arrived.

Authorities found the machine pulled away from the wall and unplugged.

For this incident, Jones faces felony charges of criminal attempt and misdemeanor criminal trespassing.

Jones was arrested Sunday night as he was attempting to hitchhike on U.S. 40 west of Steamboat Springs.

Currently, Jones is free on bail. He posted a $2,000 bond.

He has court dates set for June and July. (Gary E. Salazar is a reporter for the Steamboat Springs Pilot/Today.)

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