Clifton man suspected in theft of marijuana

Thomas Mundlin

A Clifton man has been arrested on suspicion of stealing an estimated $120 worth of what was claimed to be medical marijuana.

Thomas Jay Mundlin, 30, was booked Monday into Mesa County Jail on suspicion of felony second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft after Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies investigated a report from a woman in the 400 block of Coronado Court. The woman alleged that a man she knew as “Wheels” had stolen roughly one-eighth of an ounce of marijuana from a drawer in her kitchen.

The woman told deputies she discovered Mundlin leaning up against the area where the marijuana was stored, according to an arrest affidavit. When asked what he was doing, Mundlin replied he needed a glass of water and left the drawer area.

She told a deputy “Wheels” had taken the marijuana because she had put the marijuana in the drawer about 30 minutes prior to the incident, the affidavit said.

Mundlin left the home in a hurry when she asked to search him, the woman told deputies. She said Mundlin had been over on previous occasions to smoke marijuana with her ex-boyfriend.

The woman’s son told deputies he watched Mundlin stuff the marijuana into his pants, while the woman had stepped away from her kitchen. Mundlin denied the thefts, the affidavit said.

Mundlin, who was confined to a wheelchair, asked a judge Wednesday for low bond because he has a surgery scheduled for Sept. 10 in Denver. Mundlin was released from jail Wednesday after posting a $20,000 personal-recognizance bond.


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