Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Ketchum police nab theft suspect

Express Staff Writer

Stephen Douglas Corrao

Acting on a hunch, two Ketchum police officers nabbed a suspect early Monday morning after he allegedly stole a purse at a Ketchum bar and used a stolen credit card shortly thereafter at a downtown Ketchum convenience store.

Ketchum resident Stephen Douglas Corrao, 42, was formally charged later Monday in Blaine County Magistrate Court with felony grand theft by possession of stolen property. Bond was set at $10,000 and Corrao remained incarcerated Tuesday afternoon in the Blaine County Jail.

Police spokeswoman Kim Rogers said officers became involved in the case when they were called to the Casino Club on Main Street at 12:43 a.m. Monday morning for a report of a stolen purse. Acting "on a hunch," Rogers said, Sgt. Nathan Taylor and Officer Adam Johnson paid a visit to Veltex Market a few blocks away where they determined that a credit card removed from the stolen purse had just been used to purchase "miscellaneous food items, cigarettes and beer."

With a description of the suspect, Taylor and Johnson arrested Corrao a few minutes later on Main Street.

"Pretty good work by our boys," said Rogers.

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