- Associated Press - Friday, April 7, 2017

BEND, Ore. (AP) - A theft charge has been dropped against California man who was accused of stealing climbing ropes that had been stashed at Smith Rock State Park.

Most state parks ban the practice of stashing gear, but Smith Rock has an exception for gear that is left in a discrete place.

Shawn Snyder had been charged with second-degree theft after the victims reported the missing equipment in late 2013.

Court records show the charges were dismissed after the victims changed their minds and declined to press charges.

Snyder tells The Bulletin newspaper (https://is.gd/K0MLHp) he’s disappointed he won’t have his day in court, saying the victims who cried wolf are now losing their voices.

Snyder says he threw the ropes away because they were a hazard, and he will keep removing equipment until Smith Rock bans the practice of stashing gear.

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Information from: The Bulletin, https://www.bendbulletin.com

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