Marijuana complaint at Howelsen Hill leads to arrest of man in possession of stolen motorcycle |

Marijuana complaint at Howelsen Hill leads to arrest of man in possession of stolen motorcycle

Scott Franz
Loren Christopher Osborn

— A complaint about a man smoking marijuana in public at Howelsen Hill Park on Sunday afternoon led to the man’s arrest on a much more serious charge.

In addition to being ticketed for consuming the marijuana in public, police arrested Loren Christopher Osborn, 28, on suspicion of felony theft for possessing a stolen Kawasaki motorcycle.

He also was arrested on two outstanding arrest warrants from Summit County and from the Colorado State Patrol.

Someone at Howelsen Hill called police at about 4 p.m. to complain about a man wearing American flag shorts smoking marijuana by a motorcycle near the volleyball courts.

When they arrived at Howelsen, Steamboat Springs Police Department officers checked the license plate of the motorcycle and determined it had been stolen from Long Beach, California.

Officers started following Osborn after they determined he matched the description of the person who reportedly was smoking marijuana.

As the officers started to approach Osborn, he began walking away and appeared to be attempting to hide in some tall grass near a public restroom building, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Routt County Court.

According to the affidavit, Osborn was ordered out of hiding at gunpoint and then handcuffed.

He told police he didn’t know that consuming marijuana in public was illegal.

Asked about the stolen motorcycle, Osborn told police he purchased it on Craigslist.

He told officers he did not have a title for the motorcycle, but he had a bill of sale back at his home.

“As there was no direct evidence to confirm Osborn was not responsible for the theft of the motorcycle from California, he was subsequently taken into custody for his warrants, along with theft, and transported to Routt County Jail,” officers wrote in Osborn’s arrest affidavit.

Osborn, who was visiting Steamboat from Carson, California, to play in a volleyball tournament, was scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

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