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Aspen police arrest suspect in Little Nell thefts

The Aspen Police Department says it has apprehended a man in connection with several thefts last week at the Little Nell Hotel and the Residences at Little Nell.

Carleton Michael Meyers, 39, appeared in Pitkin County District Court on Thursday following his Wednesday afternoon arrest near McDonald’s in the Mill Street pedestrian mall. Judge Gail Nichols set his cash or surety bond at $25,000, an amount recommended by Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan. Meyers is being held in the Pitkin County Jail.

In court, Bryan said Meyers had an extensive criminal record of five felony convictions since 1994. Those include one larceny conviction and two burglary convictions in Florida in 2008. More recently, he was convicted in Garfield County of felony criminal impersonation, she said.

The investigation of Meyers remains open, she said, adding that his alleged “crime spree” may involve thefts outside of the Little Nell.

Meyers — who according to police records also has gone by the name Peter Benjamin Ungerleider — faces two felony charges of burglary of a building and two misdemeanor theft counts following Wednesday’s arrest. Each felony count carries a recommended prison sentence of two to six years upon conviction, Nichols said.

During the discussion of his bond amount, Meyers said he has lived in Colorado since 1988. He said he moved to Florida briefly in 2006 and 2007 but later returned to Colorado. He said he has worked in a few area restaurants and that his legal issues stemmed from substance abuse.

“I developed a really bad alcohol and drug problem,” he told Nichols.

Nichols suggested to Meyers that he not speak about anything other than his community connections or employment situation, information that helps her to decide bond. He did not have an attorney during Thursday’s advisement proceeding.

“It’s not in your best interest to talk about those things,” the judge said.

Bryan said security footage captured at the Little Nell points to Meyers.

“The evidence appears quite strong,” Nichols said in agreeing to the $25,000 bond amount.

On Saturday, The Aspen Times reported that police were investigating accusations of a man entering the Little Nell Hotel and the Residences at the Little Nell on March 13 and taking various personal belongings from staff members who work at the five-star properties.

Mark Elias, senior leisure sales manager for the Little Nell, sent out an email March 14 showing surveillance video of the man believed to have hit the two properties, both of which are owned by Aspen Skiing Co. and located at the base of Aspen Mountain.

Elias said he believed one man acted alone and stole several hundred dollars in cash belonging to some housekeepers who store their belongings in the women’s locker room at the Residences, a collection of 26 fractional-ownership units. Elias said the suspect also entered the Little Nell Hotel, where he allegedly swiped cash from an employee’s handbag in the sales and catering department.

Elias also said that his orange Helly Hansen shell jacket — which contained his wallet, ID and Jeep keys — was stolen from a chair in his office. He said he did not believe any Little Nell guests were victims.

A statement issued by the Aspen Police Department on Thursday said that the thefts generally occurred from employee locker rooms or employee-restricted areas.

“In some cases, the items stolen were being held for sale or on display,” the statement said.

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The Aspen Times Updated Mar 21, 2014 10:41AM Published Mar 23, 2014 04:32PM Copyright 2014 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.