Basalt cops on trail of whiskey bandit(s) |

Basalt cops on trail of whiskey bandit(s)

Aspen Times Staff Report
Aspen, CO Colorado

BASALT ” Basalt police say they have a lead in at least one of two recent burglaries at the Willits Wine and Liquor.

The store has been burglarized twice since Jan. 18. In both incidents, an unknown person smashed windows to gain entry to the store, then stole blended whiskey, Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda said.

In the first incident, five bottles of blended whiskey were stolen. On Feb. 1, the liquor store was burglarized again and 14 bottles of one brand of blended whiskey were taken along with five bottles of a different brand.

Blended whiskey is the only thing that appealed to the burglar or burglars, Ikeda said. “They’re actually causing more damage by breaking the windows,” he said.

Police initially thought the first incident at Willits was related to a similar burglary at nearby El Jebeverage a couple of nights earlier, but no evidence supports that theory yet, Ikeda said. Four juveniles were suspected of smashing a window at El Jebeverage in the early morning of Jan. 16 and stealing a box of wine and a 12-bottle case of Sky Vodka. The case against the juveniles is being reviewed by the Eagle County district attorney’s office for possible prosecution.

Ikeda said fingerprints were found after the second burglary at Willits Wine and Liquor. The department is checking the fingerprints to try to identify a suspect.

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