Hot Tub Poacher Brought Down After Interstate Manhunt

Hot-tub-poaching fugitive Yale Brown gets lathered up just as a SWAT team buzz-kills his revitalizing full-body soak. Sam Morse photo.

TRUCKEE, Calif. — Local, state and federal authorities tightened the noose Wednesday and brought an end to what many crime watchers have dubbed the most daring hot tub poaching spree in modern history.

Notorious dirtbag and Peter Pan Syndrome survivor Yale Brown, 31, was apprehended in Truckee, California, this week after his desire to soak in yet another unpaid-for hot tub caught up with him, leading to ruin, regret — and unwashed cuticles.

Sources familiar with the suspect have said that Brown was “kayaking, biking, camping and climbing” his way through the West. And possible link between the alleged action-sport activities and the need for a hot, sanitizing dip has been frequently eyed as a motive for the crimes, but forensic experts aren’t taking anything off the table.

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Regional agencies insist there is no official tally yet, but many are speculating that Brown defiled what could end up being “tons of fucking hot tubs.”

“This guy really had no morals,” Western Interagency task force chief Walt LaFors told TGR in a written statement. “I’ve seen a lot of terrible shit during my time in law enforcement, but this … this was something else. He’d steal towels, he’d hit on young women, he’d even — pee in the water.”

Brown’s trail was picked up mid-summer when his calling card began showing up all over the Rocky Mountains: A soggy 12-pack of PBR/Rainier, discarded empties strewn throughout the lounge areas and residual suds of Dr. Bronner’s copiously lathered in the tub.

“He’d steal towels, he’d hit on young women, he’d even — pee in the water.”

Witnesses who encountered the suspect during his illicit intrusions recounted being scared, inebriated, and sometimes — oddly aroused.

“He wasn’t my type,” Truckee resident Chanelle Williams said. “But my sister was definitely into him. When we saw him jumping the fence, we were pretty creeped out, but once he got in and started drinking with us, we realized he was just a traveling kayaker looking for a bath and a warm bed.”

Brown is currently languishing in a Washoe County jail, where he is awaiting arraignment. As of press time, a pro hot-tub poaching Kickstarter campaign called “#Tublife Is Not A Crime” had raised over $567,000 to free the tub-rights activist. Brown says that once out of jail, he’ll use the crowdsourced funds to replace his Subaru bumper and buy both an Epic and Mountain Collective pass this coming winter.

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