Alleged ATM thief back in Aspen

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A 37-year-old man who hasn’t appeared in District Court since he showed up in September with a coffee cup full of booze reappeared Monday after being extradited back to Aspen from southern California.

Daniel Enzfelder is facing charges of felony criminal impersonation, unauthorized use of a financial transaction device and theft for allegedly using a bank card he found in a downtown Aspen ATM to withdraw $200 on Aug. 3.

Enzfelder was arrested for the alleged crime on Aug. 26 after two Aspen police officers recognized him from surveillance images forwarded by the bank. He initially bonded out of Pitkin County Jail and then appeared in court again about two weeks later to address the charges against him.

However, at that point, prosecutor Andrea Bryan told the judge Enzfelder smelled of alcohol and wasn’t allowed to drink because of bond conditions. Enzfelder said he’d been out the night before.

“We did karaoke,” he told the judge. “I’m human. We all make mistakes.”

He later blew 0.24, which is three times the legal driving limit, though there was no indication he drove himself to that September hearing. On Monday, Bryan said Enzfelder had shown up at that hearing with alcohol in a coffee cup “and was very intoxicated.”

He was held in the jail until he was sober the next day and then advised of the charges against him and released. He hasn’t appeared in court since, according to court records.

Bryan said he was arrested in California and extradited back to Aspen. District Judge Denise Lynch ordered him held in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

In other court news:

A 36-year-old Rifle man arrested last week for felony trespassing at a vacant Snowmass Village condominium was ordered held Monday in lieu of a $3,000 cash or surety bond.

Benjamin Strauss told District Judge Denise Lynch that Michael Rainer Meehan Keefe, 22, who was arrested with him, had keys to the condo and offered him a couch to sleep on the night before the arrest. He said he had no idea he wasn’t allowed to be there, and even offered the judge a signed statement from Keefe attesting to those details.

He also said he has a wife and three children in Rifle, a job in Glenwood Springs and had been in the Aspen area seeking further employment when he was arrested.

Bryan detailed a litany of previous charges against Strauss, including DUI in 2003, disorderly conduct in 2005, criminal trespassing in 2008 and harassment and domestic violence in 2013.

“He and another man were essentially squatting in a condo in Snowmass,” Bryan said.

District Judge Denise Lynch denied Strauss’ request for a personal recognizance bond because of his criminal history.