The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reports42-year-old Bobby Lloyd Mestas was arrested on charges including burglary, complicity and theft.
Mestas is accused of taking a donation bucket from a liquor store on Dec. 4. Police estimate the bucket contained between $500 and $800.
Authorities say Mestas left in a van driven by another man. A liquor store clerk took down the van's license plate number but officials say the plates proved to be stolen.
Mestas was arrested after a deputy spotted him beside the road in a van that had run out of gas.