Aspen cops: Woman steals drugs from neighbor
Police arrested a 53-year-old Aspen woman Friday after she admitted entering her neighbor’s home and stealing prescription medication, according to police.
Leslee Francis allegedly was caught entering the apartment in the 600 block of South Monarch Street by the home’s owner, who had installed a camera she could monitor on her cell phone, according to a police affidavit filed in Aspen District Court.
“The video showed a woman known by (the apartment owner) as her neighbor, Leslee Kay Francis … enter the residence without authorization,” the affidavit states. “The family dog could be heard barking as Francis entered the residence. (The apartment owner) said she became frightened for the safety of her dog and frantically raced to her residence.”
Two police officers met the owner at the home, but found no sign of Francis. They did, however, find a first floor bedroom in disarray with a bag of prescription medication on the bed, according to the affidavit.
Francis, who lives in an apartment complex behind the Monarch Street complex, was not home when officers arrived. However, her son was present and called his mother, who arrived a short time later wearing the same clothes she had on in the burglary video, the affidavit states.
“Francis denied entering the residence,” according to the affidavit. “I showed her the video of her entering the (residence) and she became quiet.”
At the Pitkin County Jail, Francis admitted taking seven Clonodine pills from the residence, the affidavit states. Clonodine is used to treat high blood pressure.
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