Alleged thieves of $3,500 in jewelry appear in court
Aspen Times Staff Writer
Two men suspected in a weekend burglary of a jewelry store appeared in Pitkin County District Court on Monday with their attorneys.
Matthew Kahn, 19, and Sean Aiston, 20, were arrested at 3 a.m. on Sunday after allegedly smashing the window of Lanciani Travel Jewelry at 402 S. Hunter St. with a brick and taking $3,500 worth of costume jewelry. Kahn’s attorney, John Van Ness, told the court the two men came to the area from Boulder to go rock climbing and camping.
“So the trip evolved from rock climbing to brick chucking,” said Judge J.E. DeVilbiss.
Van Ness said his client will be entering his junior year at the University of Colorado in Boulder and has recently completed a round of final exams. Aiston has filled out an application to obtain legal services from public defender James Conway, who told the court that Aiston will also be a junior at the university in the fall.
Both men are currently being held in the Pitkin County Jail, with bond set at $15,750 for Kahn and $12,500 for Aiston.
According to a warrant, police were called to the scene to respond to a “glass breakage alarm” at the jewelry store. Two women in the area told police they were walking down Cooper Avenue about to cross Hunter Street when they heard the sound of glass breaking.
The women said they saw a man walking away from a broken window of a jewelry store, carrying something in his shirt by holding the bottom of the shirt up. They said the man went to a dark-colored SUV parked around the corner with its emergency flashers on and dumped the items in his shirt in the car.
The witnesses told police the man then went back to the store, reached in the window and got more items from display cases. They said they saw a man sitting in the passenger’s seat of the car, and the other man then returned to the car, sat in the driver’s seat and drove east on Durant Avenue.
According to the police report, two officers located the men in the 500 block of Cooper Street. While Aiston was arrested without argument, the report says police officers had to restrain Kahn, who said, “My dad is a fucking attorney, and you are a fucking asshole” several times.
The report says when Kahn was helped off his feet from his restrained position on the ground, police found an “ornate bracelet on the ground beneath him.” When asked where the bracelet was from, Kahn told police, “Fuck you. I bought it off a guy around the corner,” the report says.
A manager from Lanciani Travel Jewelry later identified the bracelet as one she had put in the store’s window that day. The report says police found the car, a black Ford Explorer with Illinois license plates, in the 600 block of Hyman Avenue and a credit card with Kahn’s name on it near the driver’s door.
According to the report there was “other jewelry visible in the side door pocket” of the car. Police have towed the car and kept it as evidence.
In Monday’s hearing, Van Ness asked that Kahn’s bond be reduced, arguing that his client is an honor student at CU and could post a $5,000 bond in order to return to Boulder and complete summer school classes.
“How an honor student got to jewelry thievery is beyond me – it’s totally inconsistent,” Van Ness told the court.
But DeVilbiss refused to lower bond for Kahn since information on the case will be formally filed on Thursday morning.
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