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May 21, 2014
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Glenwood man charged in serial vodka heists

Police have identified Paul Britvar, 54, as the primary suspect in a series of break-ins at the Rivers restaurant in Glenwood Springs.

The first incident occurred April 29, when a window was broken and two bottles of vodka, each valued at around $30, were taken. The next night, three bottles of vodka and some prime rib went missing. Police suspected that someone had entered through the plastic that had been used to cover the broken window from the previous night.

The thief returned on May 11, breaking another window and making off with five bottles of vodka and one bottle of cognac. After four more bottles went missing May 13, the restaurant installed surveillance cameras and reportedly caught a man, later identified as Britvar, on tape stealing a further five bottles of vodka.

Britvar, who lives near the restaurant, was arrested for five counts of second-degree burglary — a felony — and five counts of second-degree criminal trespass, as well as theft and criminal mischief. He has numerous DUI convictions dating back to 1998, as well as several bond and probation violations associated with those cases.

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The Aspen Times Updated May 21, 2014 11:07AM Published May 23, 2014 07:16PM Copyright 2014 The Aspen Times. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.