Cops: Tape catches Avon clerk stealing |

Cops: Tape catches Avon clerk stealing

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

AVON, Colorado ” A hotel front desk clerk was caught on surveillance video trying to steal money from a safe for more than an hour, according to an Avon Police Department report.

The video showed the clerk, 27, stuffing something into a safe behind the front desk for an hour. Then he put two envelopes with $181 under his shirt.

The man said he didn’t know what an officer was talking about when asked what he had been doing to the safe.

The officer told the man he had been filmed and the man said he was trying to stuff envelopes into the safe with a coat hanger.

The man was fired and was arrested on suspicion of theft and third-degree burglary.

EAGLE ” A man found a flashlight in Eagle Town Park that turned out to be a gun, according to Eagle police.

The man, 42, was walking his dog in Eagle when several people he had had problems with in the past confronted him.

One teenager cursed at him and the man started chasing the teen. A flashlight fell out of the teen’s pocket and the man picked it up and took it home.

The man saw that the flashlight was spring-loaded and was capable of firing a bullet. He brought the weapon to police, who confirmed that it was a “zip gun.”

AVON ” A drunken driver who bought groceries in front of three police officers was ticketed, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man, 32, bought some groceries at a gas station while three officers stood nearby. They noticed the man had bloodshot, watery eyes and a sheriff’s sergeant smelled alcohol on the man’s breath when the man walked out of the gas station.

The man opened the door to his truck and the sergeant asked him how much he had had to drink.

The man said he had worked a 14-hour shift at a restaurant and then went to a bar. He was ticketed for driving while ability impaired.

The sheriff’s sergeant drove the man home because the jail was too crowded.

EDWARDS ” A woman heard a noise at her door and saw another woman trying to unlock her door, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

A younger woman had a key to the apartment of a 59-year-old woman and unlocked the door. The 59-year-old pushed against the door and told the woman to leave.

The younger woman who had the key looked surprised and said that a friend had told her she could stay in the condominium. The younger woman explained that the heat was not working in her Eagle home.

The 59-year-old said the younger woman could not stay and the younger woman left. The 59-year-old got her locks changed the next day.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this article. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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