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Burglary suspect killed himself

Naomi Havlen

A man who failed to appear in court Monday to face multiple burglary charges apparently killed himself in his Denver apartment that evening.Henry Kenneth Rosenbaum, 50, was found dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound by Denver police who were doing a welfare check. The bail bondsman hired by Rosenbaum instigated the search after his absence in court.Rosenbaum was arrested on June 5 for allegedly entering a home on Red Mountain, where he was confronted by the property manager. He was charged with burglary and criminal trespass.Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills later filed 12 other charges against Rosenbaum based on convictions dating back to 1977, including multiple burglaries and possession of stolen property. The counts charged Rosenbaum with being a habitual offender.He was a suspect in a number of trespasses, suspicious incidents and a burglary in Snowmass Village during 2002, according to court records.”We’re obviously upset and saddened that he wanted to kill himself over this,” Wills said. “But if you look at his criminal history, he had been in prison, and he was probably looking at going back for a long time.”Wills said it wouldn’t surprise him if Rosenbaum had spent half of his life in prison. He was “very much a career burglar, and Pitkin County had been one of his favorite hunting grounds in the last couple of years,” Wills said.Rosenbaum’s defense attorney, Arnold Mordkin of Snowmass Village, was shocked when he was informed by The Aspen Times Tuesday morning of his client’s death.”He certainly conveyed to me his confidence in being able to prevail with this case, which is why this is such a surprise, and why I was surprised that he didn’t appear in court,” Mordkin said. “Obviously he had a lot of trouble in his life, but in terms of his personality in dealing with him, he seemed like a very nice man.”Judi Ross, wife of bail bondsman Dick Ross of Ross Bail Bonds, said she had spoken with Rosenbaum Friday evening, when he told her he was going to stay in a Glenwood Springs hotel on Sunday night before going to court.”I really think he had every intention of coming from that conversation, but maybe things piled up – like the complexities of his life in general,” she said.According to court documents, Rosenbaum was born in 1953 in Elizabeth, N.J.Local authorities first began investigating him in 2002, when he allegedly burglarized a Snowmass Village home and was seen in several different areas trying to enter homes.Wills said Snowmass police were still developing leads in those cases when Rosenbaum was arrested in Utah and convicted for burglary. He spent a year in a Utah jail and was recently released.Rosenbaum allegedly ran Henry’s Jewelry Exchange out of his home in Denver, which could have been how he was selling stolen jewelry, Wills said. According to court documents, he was found with various instruments for checking the quality of jewels when he was arrested in Aspen earlier this month.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com

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