Aspen visitors nabbed on theft, weapon, drug charges
June 16, 2011
ASPEN – Two Aspen visitors were arrested Tuesday on suspicion of a variety of offenses ranging from theft, drug possession, and carrying a concealed weapon.One of the defendants, Warren Douglas Dennis, posted $3,500 bond Wednesday and faces possession of mushrooms, a class-six felony; a misdemeanor charge of theft and separate petty offenses of possession of paraphernalia and possession of marijuana; and a count of unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon.Dennis, 46, and Sue Bentley Hollingshead, 50, both of Boulder, were originally cited for theft charges after police pegged them for distracting employees at Sashae Floral Art & Gifts in Aspen so the woman could steal such items as bracelets, earrings, incense and oils, and a scarf.Police were notified about the alleged heist after store employees called them. The workers had been told by the suspects that they were staying at the Aspen Meadows, prompting police to pay a visit to the west Aspen lodge. There, police met with the two suspects and found a 41⁄5-inch knife on the person of Dennis, leading to the concealed weapon charge. Police also found a marijuana pipe on Dennis and a bag of alleged mushrooms in their unit at the Meadows, and another bag of marijuana, according to an affidavit for a warrantless arrest.Hollingshead faces at least one charge – theft.