‘Cycling coach’ accused of vehicle theft, burglary
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado
ASPEN – A 48-year-old Aspen man was advised Tuesday by 9th Judicial District Judge Gail Nichols that he faces felony charges of aggravated motor-vehicle theft, burglary and theft.
Mark S. Alderdice, who in arrest records listed his occupation as “cycling coach,” was found early Friday morning by Aspen Police Officer Jeff Fain outside a garage at 604 N. Eighth St.
The residence was the home of a woman who said Alderdice was her “bike coach” but that he had no reason to be in her garage at 3:30 a.m. An investigation, according to a written statement by Detective Walter Chi, revealed that Alderdice had several items on him that had been taken from the woman’s garage.
The investigation also showed that Alderdice was driving a 2012 black Cadillac Escalade that had been leased to the Residences at The Little Nell on East Durant Avenue. Several other items belonging to the woman were recovered later from the vehicle, including bicycle gear and women’s cycling attire valued at $1,500.
A Little Nell employee said Alderdice was not authorized to use the Escalade and was not supposed to be in possession of it, according to Chi’s statement. The Escalade had been seen last by Little Nell employees when it was parked in front of the hotel with the keys inside it, the statement said.
Bond initially was set at $25,000. Nichols later allowed Alderdice’s release from Pitkin County Jail on a $3,000 cash bond.
A separate advisement Tuesday involved Hayden W. Reilly, 21, of Carbondale. Reilly was arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday by Aspen Police Officer Ryan Turner on suspicion of writing graffiti in the bathroom and the outside walls and handrails of the South Galena Street nightclub Belly Up.
Turner was dispatched to the club around 12:30 a.m. There, manager Siobhan Greene said another employee, Britton Hedges, witnessed a young man “tagging” a handrail outside and that Hedges grabbed two markers out of his hand.
Hedges then alerted a club security guard, who detained Reilly, according to Turner’s arrest affidavit.
Turner questioned Reilly, who denied that he had “tagged” Belly Up property. Later, after he was arrested and taken to Pitkin County Jail, he recanted his previous statement. He admitted that he wrote “maybe two” tags in the restroom and “a couple” outside of the club, the affidavit said.
Nichols advised Reilly that he faces a felony charge of criminal mischief involving damages of between $1,000 and $20,000. He was released to a relative Tuesday on a personal-recognizance bond.
Alderdice and Reilly both are scheduled for arraignment in the Pitkin County Courthouse at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 4.
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