$1,000 reward for identity of Aspen snowboard thief
December 26, 2008
ASPEN ” A California man who is moving to Aspen is offering $1,000 for the identity of whomever stole his son’s brand new snowboard some time Christmas night.
“I don’t want the snowboard back, necessarily,” said Bob McDonald, who is moving here from Newport Beach, Calif. “I just want the name and photograph of the Grinch who stole our son’s Christmas. … I want to challenge his community, his cronies, to say, hey, that was wrong. I’m hoping someone will turn him in.”
McDonald said his son, Seany, 21, is a student at the University of Colorado and “not a rich kid. He works three days a week, while he’s going to school.”
He added that his son left Aspen on Friday, and that he “left here so disillusioned with Aspen” after five days here.
The board, a white Burton 156 with Cartel bindings, was taken from the front porch of the McDonalds’ home, at the corner of Francis and First in Aspen, some time Christmas night.
The elder McDonald said he reported the theft to the local police, who told him is probably was “a crime of opportunity” rather than someone out looking for something to steal.
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“I will give the guy [who calls with the thief’s identity] a thousand bucks, or I’ll give a charity of his choice a thousand bucks,” he said. “And if that doesn’t do it, next season we’ll be talking about some kind of yearly pass.”
McDonald said he is not so naive as to think thefts do not occur in Aspen, particularly during hard economic times such as this, “It just speaks poorly for snowboarders, and poorly for Aspen. I’d like to prove to my son that, hey, good things do happen.”