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Police: Man steals cancer fund donation jar at Aspen Brewing Co.

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times
Kevin Rutter

Talk about bad karma.

A local transient with a history of theft allegedly broke into a downtown business last week and stole $400 in cash, including $100 from the “cancer research fund” jar, according to a police report.

Kevin Rutter, 45, was caught on video surveillance breaking in to Aspen Brewing Co., 304 E. Hopkins Ave., about 4:46 a.m. July 21 and taking the money, according to a report by Aspen Police officer Ritchie Zah. Officers located him Wednesday, arrested him for burglary and theft and took him to the Pitkin County Jail.

On Wednesday, prosecutor Andrea Bryan asked Judge Gail Nichols to increase Rutter’s bond from $5,000 to $10,000 because of previous convictions for motor vehicle theft in 2008, theft in 2009, attempted burglary in 2010 and petty theft in 2014. Nichols agreed.

An Aspen Brewing Co. employee reported the theft July 21 after noticing $20 bills that had been left in the cancer research donation jar the night before were no longer there, the police report states.

That prompted the employee to look at the video surveillance footage from the previous night. On the footage, he saw a white man wearing an orange jacket and distinctive hat not only clean out the cancer-donation jar, but also take $100 from the tip jar and $200 from the cash register. Zah reviewed the footage and recognized Rutter, “a local transient who is the suspect in multiple thefts, burglaries and trespasses in the Aspen area whom I have met on previous occasions,” according to his report.

The officer also learned that a fellow officer had contacted Rutter at 2:51 a.m. the same night of the theft after receiving a call about a suspicious man walking along Hyman Avenue looking into cars with a flashlight, the report states. The person who reported the man said he was wearing an orange shirt and a rain hat.

The report placed “Rutter in the general area of the Aspen Brewing Co. wearing similarly described clothing,” Zah wrote.



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