‘Drunk’ returns bike; Aspen cops baffled
Ryan Summerlin March 17, 2012
ASPEN – There are all kinds of drunks – happy drunks, angry drunks, town drunks, ugly drunks and recovering drunks, to rattle off a few.
And there was at least one remorseful drunk in Aspen on Friday, so guilt-ridden about stealing a bicycle that he or she left it next to the steps that go down to the Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office. On the bike, a handwritten note was posted that said it all: “Sorry. I stole this bike. I rode it home. Please give it back – Drunk.”
Undersheriff Ron Ryan has seen a lot of things during his time in law enforcement with both the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office and the Aspen Police Department, but this special-delivered confession of sorts marked a first in his career.
At approximately 1:30 p.m., Ryan spotted the black Trek bicycle outside of the office and brought it down to the Aspen Police Department. Ryan did not see the person who surrendered the bicycle, evidently in broad daylight.
“I’ve never seen anything like this,” Ryan said. “I’ve had people call and say they were drunk and they took a bike and left it in the mall or something, but I’ve never seen it brought to the courthouse (downstairs from which the Police Department and Sheriff’s Office are located).”
Assistant Police Chief Bill Linn agreed.
“There are plenty of drunks who take bikes in the middle of the night, but this is the first time I’ve seen someone confess to it,” he said. “This is a very Aspen story, isn’t it?”
Not only do police not know who swiped and returned the bike – they are also clueless as to who owns it. It’s not registered with the Aspen Police Department, and if it is not claimed soon, it will be on the block in the Police Department’s upcoming bicycle auction, scheduled for May 18.
The bike has worn-down tires, no suspension and a sticker that says “RAD,” and it looks like it has seen better days, but now it apparently functions as a townie bike. Linn guessed it would fetch $10 at the auction if its owner doesn’t step up beforehand.