Basalt woman caught in neighbor’s home arrested
Pitkin County sheriff’s deputies arrested a 53-year-old Basalt woman last week for allegedly breaking into a nearby neighbor’s home, according to court documents.
Elizabeth “Holly” Webster was charged with felony burglary and felony trespassing after the neighbor told deputies she discovered Webster in her home on Sopris Creek Road in Basalt in late 2014 and again May 24, according to a police report filed in District Court in Aspen.
The neighbor said she suspected Webster of stealing her Ambien sleeping pills after finding her in the home in 2014 because most of them were gone after the incident, the report states. At that time, Webster told the woman she was dropping off coffee grounds for the woman’s garden, though she never left any grounds, according to the report.
The woman reported that 26 Ambien pills also went missing two months before she caught Webster in her home in 2014, though she suspected telephone technicians of the theft at the time, the report states.
Then, on May 24, the woman arrived home to find an unknown silver SUV in her driveway and her front door wide open, the report states. Webster then exited the woman’s second-floor bedroom, went downstairs and told the woman she’d been returning mail that belonged to the woman, though the mail she handed her was addressed to Webster, the report states.
The woman confronted Webster about the missing Ambien, and Webster admitted stealing the drug from her one time in the past, but not since, according to the report. The woman didn’t notice Ambien pills missing after the May incident, the report states.
When a sheriff’s deputy went to Webster’s home, her husband at first denied she was home. Webster then appeared at the door, and the deputy asked her about being in the woman’s home and stealing her pills. Webster admitted to being in the home about a year ago, the report states.
“Webster further admitted to me that she had taken several Ambien pills from (the woman),” according to the police report. “Webster stated to me that she was addicted at the time she stole the Ambien but was adamant that she was no longer addicted to Ambien and denied having stolen anything from (the woman in May).”
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