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Cops track unusual bike in Aspen to traveler

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times
Morgan Crincoli

Aspen police arrested a 19-year-old Florida man Monday after finding him in possession of a $4,000 mountain bike stolen from Glenwood Springs last week, according to court documents.

Pitkin County Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely ordered Morgan Crincoli of Ft. Lauderdale held on a $1,000 bond Tuesday after he was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor for false reporting to authorities.

The owner of the Cube Fritzz mountain bike reported it stolen to Glenwood Springs Police on Aug. 16, according to Crincoli’s arrest warrant. That same day, a friend of the mountain bike owner’s reported seeing the bike in Aspen and the owner contacted Aspen police.

Then, on Monday, an Aspen police officer responded to another report of an illegal campsite on Castle Creek near the Marolt Ranch housing development. When the officer arrived at the site, he saw a city of Aspen Open Space and Trails ranger speaking to a man on a mountain bike who rode away when the officer approached, the warrant states.

Later, during his conversation with the ranger, the officer asked about the man who rode away. The ranger said the man had told him he had been stashing his bike in the woods because he didn’t have a lock and was living at the Marolt property, according to the warrant. The ranger also commented on the man’s unusual Cube mountain bike.

That prompted the officer to track the man to the nearby Pitkin County Health and Human Services building, where he saw the bike in a bike rack. The officer spoke with Crincoli at the building, who told him he was traveling around and had been in Glenwood Springs prior to coming to Aspen, the warrant states.

Crincoli also said he found the bike abandoned just off the trail to the illegal campsite about a week before. The officer later spoke to another man who told him he’d been camping at the illegal site all summer and hadn’t seen the bike until Crincoli showed up a few days before with it.

Crincoli told Fernandez-Ely on Tuesday he wasn’t currently working and was “traveling right now.”

Prosecutor Andrea Bryan said it took law enforcement until Tuesday morning to confirm Crincoli’s identity because he’d initially given them a false birth date.