Aspen police probe thefts from Little Nell workers
April 2, 2014
Aspen police are investigating accusations of a man entering the Little Nell Hotel and the Residences at the Little Nell on Thursday and taking various personal belongings from staff members who work at the five-star properties.
On Friday, Mark Elias, who is the senior leisure sales manager for the Little Nell, sent out an email showing surveillance video of the man believed to have hit the two properties, which both are owned by Aspen Skiing Co. and located at the base of Aspen Mountain.
"I think Aspen has a great network of people, and I'm sending this to everyone I know," Elias said.
Elias said that he believes 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, from 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 keys — was stolen from a chair in his office.
Elias said he did not believe any Little Nell guests were victims.
Aspen Police Department spokeswoman Blair Weyer described the man seen on the video as a "heavyset, white male" between 5 feet, 11 inches and 6 feet, 1 inch tall. As of Friday, he was "wanted for questioning," she said.
Weyer said the Police Department is investigating "multiple theft cases going on" at both Little Nell properties.
While Weyer said that it appears the person "has knowledge" of the properties that were hit, Elias said he does not believe the man shown on the video is an employee of the Little Nell.
"I can't say for sure, but nobody we've spoken to recognizes him," Elias said.
He added, "It was a really brazen theft from my office. My office is not easy to spot, and to get this jacket, it's an orange traffic-coat color, and to walk out with it is pretty bold."
Elias said that on Thursday he "felt like a victim," but "we have a great network of people in this town, and we can turn this around real quick. Somebody should recognize this guy."
Anyone with information about the Little Nell incident can call the Aspen Police Department at 970-920-5400.