By Matt Kroschel

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (CBS4)– After going viral Sunday on social media, the great snow cat heist of 2018 appears to be resolved- at least partly.

CBS4 has learned tips led law enforcement to the stolen snow cat in Mesa County after it went missing sometime Sunday morning from the Turn Table parking lot in Minturn.

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CBS4’s Matt Kroschel interviews John Brandenburg. (credit: CBS)

John Brandenburg, one of the owners of the iconic snow cat painted like General Lee, says after posting the picture of the vehicle on Facebook they received “thousands of shares” and hundreds of tips. Those tips helped track the stolen cargo west along Interstate 70 to the Grand Junction area.

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Stolen snow cat (credit: John Vandenburg)

One of the owners even took to the air, flying over the interstate and other Western Slope highways looking for the trailered snow cat.

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(credit: CBS)

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The snow cat was hidden in a garage in Mesa County. Deputies with the SWAT team raided the home in the 1800 block of Deer Park Circle after the suspect, identified as Jason Cuervo, barricaded himself inside and refused to comply with commands. Cuervo, 27, was able to get away and remains on the loose.

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(credit: John Brandenburg)

Cuervo has several outstanding warrants for his arrest that include felony warrants. Cuervo is described as a white male, 180 pounds, and 6-foot-1. Anyone with information on his whereabouts or sees him is asked to call 911 immediately.

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Recovered snow cat (credit: CBS)

Next weekend is a snow cat jamboree on Vail Pass the owners would like to get the cat back by then, but that remains unclear.

The snow cat is being housed in an impound lot.

Matt Kroschel covers news throughout Colorado working from the CBS4 Mountain Newsroom. Send story ideas to mrkroschel@cbs.com and connect with him on Twitter @Matt_Kroschel.

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