Alleged theft puts new Aspen business on ice
July 10, 2009
ASPEN – For some two weeks, Aspen’s Powder Days ice-shaving stand had served up summer-time treats for the parched.
But business came to a halt Wednesday when an ex-employee allegedly swiped the stand’s $1,200 ice-shaving machine and cash drawer, only to be arrested in El Jebel early Thursday on suspicion of assaulting her ex-boss.
As of Thursday afternoon, Erin Justine Meehan, 26, remained incarcerated on $7,500 bond in the Eagle County jail on misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault, criminal mischief and domestic violence, according to a jail official.
Sometime after midnight Thursday, she is alleged to have entered the El Jebel home of one the owners of Powder Days and assaulted him. She was booked into jail at 1:30 a.m., according to an Eagle County jail official.
Aspen police investigators also consider Meehan a suspect in the theft of Powder Days’ ice-shaving machine and cash drawer. Aspen police detective Chris Womack said the case remains under investigation.
“It sounds like she has the machine, and she will have to return the machine or look at being arrested for theft,” he said.
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Michael Young, who co-owns the Powder Days stand along with Meehan’s alleged assault victim, said she was fired earlier this week because of job-performance issues, which apparently precipitated her alleged misdeeds in Aspen and El Jebel.
“Outside of the realm of what happened here, I think she’s a good person,” Young said.
He said he hopes the ice-shaving machine is recovered in time to open this weekend. Business had been brisk ever since the stand opened last month.
“We’ve been trying to provide a place for the local kids to hang out, other than Paradise Bakery,” said Young, who also owns Radio Boardshop, located a few footsteps from Powder Days, at the corner of Galena Street and Cooper Avenue. “We’ve worked hard on our business.”