Broomfield man charged in connection with snowboard thefts
Ryan Summerlin November 20, 2012
Two individuals are facing charges after they were connected with a series of snowboard and ski thefts at Copper Mountain Nov. 12.
Gunnar Thorngren, 18, of Broomfield, was arrested on charges of conspiracy and theft of $1,000-$20,000 after a set of footprints in the snow linked him to several snowboards and a pair of skis that had been reported stolen earlier in the day, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.
A minor, whose name is not being released due to his age, is also facing charges related to the incident.
Authorities were called in after two men tackled the juvenile to the ground when they reportedly saw him walking off with a snowboard that belonged to them which had been left outside a restaurant in the base area. The minor said he believed the snowboard to be his own when he took it, according to the report.
The men reported another snowboard was also missing. Authorities accompanied the juvenile to his car where they met with Thorngren.
The car and another vehicle were parked in a secluded lot. A pair of skies, which had been reported missing earlier that day, were allegedly discovered stashed under one of the vehicles, the report stated.
Authorities reportedly found three more snowboards nearby laying facedown in the snow. Footprints in the area matched the designs on the bottom of Thorngren’s shoes.
He told the deputy investigating the issue he had found the snowboards lying up against the car and, not knowing what to do with them, had moved them to the location where they were discovered, according to the report.
Each of the snowboards and the set of skis were valued at several hundred dollars. The owners of the missing gear were contacted and all indicated they wanted to press charges, the report stated.