Attorney General joins fur coat theft cases |

Attorney General joins fur coat theft cases

The Colorado Attorney General’s Office is facilitating the investigation into a string of fur coat thefts in Aspen, Vail and Denver last month, a spokesman said Tuesday.

Because the case involves multiple jurisdictions, Attorney General Cynthia Coffman will look to eventually consolidate the cases into one, said Roger Hudson. In addition, the Attorney General’s Office is working with agencies outside Colorado, though Hudson declined to name them.

A law enforcement agency asked the attorney general to step in, and the other agencies involved agreed, Hudson said.

Aspen police believe the same man and woman stole six fur coats valued at just under $200,000 from three different downtown businesses on Valentine’s Day. They were caught on video at one of the Aspen stores.

The same day, a couple also stole a $35,000 fur coat from a store in Vail, Vail police have said. And around the same time, a man and woman also stole $20,000 worth of fur coats from each of four Front Range stores, Aspen police have said.

A man and woman who look similar to the couple in the Aspen surveillance video were also caught on video stealing furs at a store in New York late last year.

Aspen police Detective Rick Magnuson said that through meetings with detectives from the jurisdictions involved in the thefts and representatives of the Attorney General’s Office, he learned that New York detectives interviewed a woman who may have been the female half of the Aspen couple suspected in the thefts.

However, while the New York detectives interviewed the woman for hours, they did not hold her. When she left, she flew to an Eastern European country, Magnuson said.

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