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N.Y. woman arrested for alleged thefts in Aspen

ASPEN, Colorado – A New York woman faces a felony count after she was arrested in connection with alleged thefts at several retail stores in Aspen.

Elizabeth Kelly-Peelle, 51, stands accused of theft and two related misdemeanors for the alleged crimes, which happened Thursday. The felony count carries a potential penalty of up to six years in prison, based on state sentencing guidelines.

Aspen police arrested Peelle on Thursday a few hours after she allegedly stole a pair of “Oakley sunglasses and a case” from Sunglass Hut on East Durant Avenue, according to a police report.

The alleged misdeed was captured by a store video camera. The incident occurred about 4:35 p.m. The value of the glasses was estimated at $150.

She was later spotted by a police officer at about 6:30 p.m. at Galena Street and Hopkins Avenue where she got into a vehicle. The officer observed Peelle back the vehicle out of a parking space.

The officer said that he gestured to Peelle to return to the parking space, the report stated.

While being interviewed by the officer she apparently admitted to taking the sunglasses and the case from the store. The officer also asked Peelle if she took any other items from the store.

Peelle apparently told the officer she took some items from Ute Mountaineer. Peelle also said she did not pay for the items, the report stated. The value of the items from the store was estimated at $446.

Peelle also apparently admitted to stealing other items. Those items were allegedly taken from Gorsuch on East Durant Avenue.

“She admitted to stealing seven items from Gorsuch. The value of the items was $3,964,” the report stated.

The sales tags were still attached to the items, which were identified as clothing.

Peelle was later arrested and taken to Pitkin County jail. She was booked for theft $1,000 to $20,000 and two misdemeanor theft counts.

Peelle was later released on $5,000 bond. She is to appear July 6 in Pitkin County Court, authorities said.


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