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On December 18, 2021, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a burglary at the Monarch Ski Area.

Sheriff’s personnel responded and found that person(s) had entered the building by smashing out a window. The suspect(s) then went to the office area and damaged several windows, doors, office equipment as well as painting profanity in the same area.

Through their investigation sheriff’s personnel were able to identify a single suspect and an arrest warrant was obtained.

On the same date, Chaffee County Sheriff deputies arrested Marieta Kathleen Nicolls, age 30, from Salida. Nicolls was transported to the Chaffee County Detention Facility and charged with the following:

  • Second Degree Burglary, class 4 felony,
  • Felony Criminal Mischief, class 5 Felony
  • Criminal Mischief, class 2 misdemeanor.

Nichols was granted a $1000 personal recognizance bond from the Chaffee County Courts.