Alleged thief ruins local woman’s week

A local hotel employee was left with no cellphone, no credit card and no identification Sunday after an Old Snowmass man allegedy stole and then ditched the items on the street.

Randy Marcuson, 61, also allegedly had a paper bindle of white powder in his wallet when he was arrested Monday that later tested positive for cocaine, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.

“I don’t know anything about that but you better keep it for evidence,” Marcuson allegedly told an Aspen police officer. “I was at a Super Bowl party and there were drugs. I believe that is where it came from.”

An employee of The Little Nell hotel called police Monday and reported that her cell phone, credit card and driver’s license went missing Sunday night during her shift. Video surveillance showed a man later identified as Marcuson in the area where the items were stolen, the affidavit states.

The phone owner also reported that $12.92 was charged to her credit card at Local’s Corner just after the phone was stolen.

An Aspen police officer spotted Marcuson walking down Durant Avenue soon after and identified him as the same man in the Little Nell video. Marcuson told the officer he was nervous because he’d just been in court for an arrest related to “stealing skiing things,” according to the affidavit.

He said he’d been advised to ask for a continuance in his case “because he was supposed to do a drug test and couldn’t pass it,” the affidavit states.

Marcuson told the officer he took the phone from the hotel because he thought it was his, then became scared of being charged with taking the phone so he left it “on the hood of a car parked on Durant Avenue,” the affidavit states.

Marcuson admitted using the credit card to purchase cigarettes and “maybe coffee,” though he claimed he didn’t know what became of it or the license.

He was charged with felony cocaine possession, misdemeanor theft and unlawful use of a transaction device, a petty offense.