Alleged Aspen burglar faces numerous felonies
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado ” An Aspen man made his initial court appearance Wednesday after he was arrested for allegedly breaking into a local pharmacy and helping himself to an estimated $30,000 in medication and narcotics.
Daniel Grine, 23, is accused of six felonies in connection with the burglary earlier this week at Tom’s Pharmacy.
Chief Judge James Boyd advised Grine of the potential counts he faces during an afternoon hearing in Pitkin County District Court. The counts range from first-degree burglary to theft of $20,000 or more.
The first-degree burglary count carries a potential penalty of 48 years in prison. Grine is being held on $65,000 bond at the Pitkin County jail.
Boyd ordered the bond amount near the conclusion of the hearing at which Grine said that he “screwed up.” Grine said he had been drinking alcoholic beverages in the time leading up to the alleged burglary, which happened Sunday evening or early Monday morning.
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He also suggested that he “blacked out” at some point and was not sure what the “hell happened.”
“I’m not this bad kid,” Grine said.
Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin said that Grine has a number of criminal convictions and was on probation for burglary offenses at the time of his arrest for the alleged break-in at the pharmacy.
He said Grine also has a pending burglary case in Garfield County.
Grine was arrested about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday at his Aspen Village residence, Aspen police officer Matt Burg said. Authorities were acting on a tip received from the public.
A search of the 57 Bear Trail residence “resulted in the seizure of approximately 75 bottles and boxes of prescription drugs valued at approximately $30,000,” according to an affidavit filed with the court. Burg authored the affidavit.
The drugs were apparently found inside a green backpack that belonged to Grine. An Apple iPod and Apple Mac Book laptop were also found at the premises.
The electronic gear was allegedly stolen from Belly Up Aspen a few days earlier. The gear was valued at about $2,500. Grine is a suspect in that case.
Grine is to next appear in court April 20.