Drug paraphernalia, burglary tools found in suspected bike thief’s car
Suspected drug paraphernalia and burglary tools were found in the car of a 54-year-old man police believe might be responsible for a string of bike thefts in Snowmass Village this summer, according to court documents.
Police found a mirror, razor blades, plastic baggies, measuring spoons, copper mesh, a homemade pipe, “bottles of assorted meds” and Inositol powder in the 2013 Honda Civic belonging to David Bowman, according to a search-warrant return filed Monday in District Court in Aspen. Inositol powder can be used as a cutting agent for drugs.
In addition, police discovered a Stanley “Fatmax” cutting tool, 14-inch bolt cutters, a hacksaw and a bag of bike parts in the car, the documents state.
Snowmass Village police received 14 reports of stolen bicycles between July 15 and Saturday. A majority of the thefts have involved bikes that were stolen after locking devices to vehicles were cut, and several occurred in numbered parking lots along Carriage Way between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m., according to a police report filed in court.
In an effort to combat the thefts, a Snowmass Village police officer staked out one of the lots early Saturday morning and saw Bowman approach a car parked in the lot at about 3:30 a.m. and appear to cut a lock securing a bike to it, according to court documents. The officer saw Bowman take the bike off a rack and ride it to a nearby lot, the documents state.
The officer gave chase and saw Bowman enter the Honda and drive away, according to the documents. He and another officer were able to stop the car in another parking lot, the documents state.
Bowman, a former Snowmass Village shuttle driver, was arrested and charged with possession of burglary tools, theft and criminal mischief. Bowman posted a $2,500 bond.
On Monday, Snowmass Village Police Chief Brian Olson said his officers have been able to connect Bowman to some of the other bike thefts. Six to eight of the reported 14 thefts have involved cut bike locks, while the others involved bikes that weren’t locked, Olson said.
Based on the officer’s observations, Bowman appears to have had a method of taking bikes that matches many of the thefts, Olson said.
“He was prepped and ready to go, and that shows someone who’s practiced and done it before,” Olson said. “I’d love to get some of these people their bikes back.”
Olson said officers continue to investigate the thefts.
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