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Colo. Man Steals 200 Papers With Report On Sex Case At Chief's Home

A Ridgway, Colo., man was cited on suspicion of petty theft in connection with the theft of more than 200 printed copies of this week’s Ouray County Plaindealer, the newspaper reported. The Ouray County Sheriff’s Office cited Paul Choate, 41, who admitted to stealing the newspapers early Thursday morning. He returned them to the Plaindealer office Thursday night with an apology. Copies of the weekly edition, which featured a front page story detailing an alleged sexual assault reported at the home of the Ouray police chief, were stolen from 12 racks in Ridgway and Ouray.

Investigators were able to use video surveillance and several leads. The evidence showed Choate took the newspapers early Thursday morning after the new edition had been distributed to vending racks. Choate, who owns Kate’s Place restaurant in Ridgway, admitted he took the newspapers because of the front page story. The Plaindealer reprinted 250 copies of the edition before Choate returned the stolen copies. The Plaindealer is not disclosing Choate’s relationship to the sexual assault case. The theft was not connected to the three defendants in the case, their families or the Ouray Police Department. The citation is a court summons and does not include an affidavit with details about the investigation.


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