Stolen laughing gas cylinders found in dead man’s shed
May 17, 2017
An unsolved burglary from Airgas in Craig in February reached an unexpected conclusion when empty nitrous oxide cylinders were found in a dead man's storage shed in Eagle County in March, according to the Craig Police Department.
The burglary occurred Feb. 1, in which seven cylinders of what's commonly known as laughing gas were discovered missing, and the Airgas building was damaged from the forced entry of the burglar.
On March 23, Craig police were contacted by an investigator with Gore Range Narcotics Interdiction Team, or GRANITE, out of Eagle County, a news release said. Several empty Airgas cylinders had been found by a relative of a recently deceased man, identified as 33-year-old Steven Fortin.
Fortin, a resident of Steamboat Springs, was found dead in a hotel room on March 4 in Vernal, Utah.
Eagle County investigators confirmed the cylinders were from the Craig Airgas burglary. All but two were recovered and all were empty. The value of the stolen nitrous oxide cylinders was nearly $1,300, Craig Police Cmdr. Bill Leonard said.
Craig police investigators learned from relatives that Fortin had been addicted to nitrous oxide since he was in high school, and that he had admitted to stealing nitrous oxide from a business in Craig, as well as from other locations in the past, the release said.