Aspen crime-spree suspects face 18 felony charges
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN, Colorado – Eighteen felony counts connected to an alleged stealing spree that netted high-end gear from six Aspen retail shops were filed Monday against two California men.
Both Philbert Lantin Delrio and Devint Visanh Vongphachan, who are out on $50,000 bond, appeared together in Pitkin County District Court. They waived advisement of the charges, filed by Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin.
The charges include eight counts of theft, seven counts of second-degree burglary, one count of conspiracy to commit theft, one count of possession of burglary tools, and one count of criminal impersonation. The alleged misdeeds occurred between Jan. 9 and Jan. 13, according to court papers.
District Judge James Boyd granted both defendants permission to return to their homes in California’s Bay Area until their next court appearance, scheduled March 1.
Delrio, 31, and Vongphachan, 25, were arrested last month for allegedly stealing a combined $27,000 worth of merchandise from downtown retailers Aspen Sports, Four Mountain Sports, Pomeroy Sports, Prada, Ralph Lauren and Ute Mountaineer.
Aspen police officers arrested the pair on Jan. 13. Their car allegedly had two duffel bags stuffed with 51 jackets manufactured by North Face, Marmot, Cloudveil, Arcteryx and Polo. Also allegedly in the duffel bags were six bottles of Cristal champagne, two pair of Arcteryx ski pants and several accessory items from Prada and other brands.
The men were apprehended in the parking lot of City Market after police officers David Thompson and Gregg Cole responded to a theft in progress at the North Face store, according to a warrantless arrest affidavit.
The suspects already were on felony probation for receiving stolen property and have convictions for burglary and theft, according to Mordkin.
Delrio was convicted in April for receiving stolen property in Fairfield, Calif. He was sentenced to 45 days in jail and 36 months of probation. Delrio also has a previous burglary conviction and served time in county jail.
Vongphachan was convicted of petty theft in Sacramento and receiving stolen property in Fremont, Calif. He received three years of probation in 2009, according to Mordkin.
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