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Alleged refrigerator raider at Ullr Lodge lands in hot water

Naomi Havlen

A man was arrested and charged with burglary last week after allegedly raiding a neighbor’s refrigerator.

Aspen resident Jeff Key, who denied the charge, was arrested after his neighbor indicated that Key was in his apartment the morning of April 26.

According to a police report, at 10:44 a.m. that day police responded to a report of a burglary at the Ullr Lodge, 520 W. Main St.

The alleged victim, Otilio Avila, said after coming home he noticed the door of his refrigerator open, and a head of lettuce and a bag of ham on the floor in front of it.

Avila showed police an empty trash bag in front of the refrigerator and another trash bag on his living room floor, which was apparently full of bottles of beer, wine and other liquor that had come from Avila’s other refrigerator.

Avila said he heard a noise in the bedroom after coming home, and when he looked in the room a man wearing dark shorts and a dark shirt came into the living room. The man allegedly told Avila that the apartment manager had given him a key to the apartment, and he was there to check on a broken heater.

According to Avila, as he picked up a phone to call his wife, the man ran out the front door. Avila told police he recognized the man as the person who shovels the sidewalks at the complex in the winter.

Complex manager Joede Schoeberlein told Avila and the police the man is Jeff Key and took officers to Key’s apartment in the lodge.

According to the police report, Key answered the door after police announced themselves. Avila identified Key as the man who had been in his apartment, though Key said his neighbor could verify that he was in his own apartment all morning and not in Avila’s unit.

The report says that police spoke with the neighbor, Cory Rosen, who told police that he had seen Key a couple of times that morning, but not the entire time. He told police that Key had come over asking for a soda, but Rosen had only one soda left, so he didn’t give it to Key.

Rosen said he last saw Key about 30 minutes before the police arrived. Key was arrested for burglary.

Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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