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Aspen man admits burglary, feels bad

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A 26-year-old man used a rock to break into the bar where he works to retrieve a tax form early Sunday, and then felt bad about what he'd done and began cleaning up the mess he made, according to a police report.

Travis Brown later admitted to breaking into The Square Grouper and was charged with burglary and criminal mischief.

"I felt so bad, so I started cleaning," said Brown, who smelled like bleach, according to the report. "My parents are going to kill me when they find out."

When an Aspen police officer arrived at the Square Grouper about 8 a.m., he saw the full-length glass door to the bar shattered, the report states, and Brown standing outside.

Brown initially told officers he discovered the damage and called the owner. He said the two were supposed to meet so the owner could give Brown $200 to get back to Florida, according to the report.

The manager said he was going to lend Brown the money from the bar's petty cash, the report states.

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Brown admitted throwing the large rock through the glass door and kicking in the door to an office in an effort to find his W-2 form, according to the report.

"I shouldn't have done it," he said. "I know, I know."

jauslander@aspentimes.com