Cops: Stolen ski pass foils Aspen spree |

Cops: Stolen ski pass foils Aspen spree

Scott Condon
Aspen Correspondent
Vail, CO Colorado

BASALT ” A man and woman suspected of swiping a credit card from a vehicle in Basalt and then going on a spending spree that topped $20,000 were arrested in Denver on Thursday, according to Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda.

The couple may have unlawfully entered seven vehicles in Basalt last weekend, according to Ikeda.

Many items were reported stolen from the vehicles, including an iPod, a device designed to boost gas mileage, pricey outdoor clothing and a wallet containing two credit cards and a debit card, Ikeda said.

The discovery of a Roaring Fork Valley resident’s ski pass led to the arrests of the two suspects, according to information Ikeda received Thursday.

The chief recounted the following information: Denver Police received a report of a “suspicious couple” from the front-desk clerk of a Denver hotel. The license-plate number of the vehicle driven by the couple matched that of a van reported stolen in Oregon. While examining the vehicle, Denver Police found someone else’s ski pass and contacted law enforcement officials in the Roaring Fork Valley.

Ikeda said Aspen Police were investigating whether the couple is tied to reported thefts from numerous vehicles in the area last month. The names of the suspects weren’t available Thursday. Aspen Police said they had no comment on the case.

Property was reported missing from four vehicles on separate streets in Basalt last weekend, Ikeda said. In each case, the vehicles were unlocked, so the charge would be criminal trespass, he said.

The thief or thieves picked over items in a way that baffled cops, Ikeda said. For instance, $3 in coins ” minus the pennies ” was missing from one vehicle, while $10 in change, including pennies, was taken from another vehicle, he said. Lip balm and body cream were missing from one vehicle, along with L.L. Bean duck boots, and the keyless entry of another vehicle was missing, Ikeda said.

One stolen credit card reportedly was used for purchases in high-end Aspen boutiques like Christian Dior and Prada as well as at least two jewelry stores, Ikeda said. Charges in Aspen alone totaled about $20,000, he said.

Ikeda said the couple arrested in Denver matched a description of a man and woman who were using the stolen credit card in the Roaring Fork Valley. The man and woman who were arrested are in their mid-20s, and the woman reportedly matched the description partly because of a prominent gap in her front teeth, Ikeda said.

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