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Husband and wife arrested on theft, burglary charges

Tim Mutrie

A husband and wife from Denver were arrested yesterday for an alleged crime spree in Aspen Friday that involved the thefts of five purses and the burglary of a residence.

Rodney L. Tedder, 32, and Laura Gay Tedder, 30, were arrested on suspicion of several crimes, including two felony theft and three misdemeanor theft counts, felony possession of a financial transaction device, and two felony drug possession counts, according to court documents.

Initially arrested early Saturday, Laura Tedder was released from the Pitkin County Jail shortly after being booked on a $5,000 felony bond. But after her first court appearance Monday morning, she was again taken into custody based on new evidence uncovered by investigators with the Aspen Police Department.

Rodney Tedder was arrested in downtown Aspen yesterday on a warrant nearly identical to his wife’s, according to Assistant District Attorney Lawson Wills.

According to an arrest warrant completed by Officer Bill Linn, police received five reports Friday night from women who had their purses stolen at downtown bars and restaurants. Officers also responded to a burglary at an apartment located at 832 E. Cooper Ave.

Authorities broke the case late Friday night, when several employees at The Living Room nightclub in Aspen witnessed – and later identified – Laura Tedder as the person in possession of a purse that had been reported stolen there earlier that night.

Although the bar’s employees were unable to stop Tedder from leaving the establishment, they did manage to record the license plate number of the Toyota 4-Runner she was driving, according to Linn’s report.

After being alerted by upper-valley authorities, Basalt police officers stopped the Tedders near the El Jebel stoplight, and allegedly saw several credit cards in plain view.

A check confirmed that the four credit cards belonged to a woman whose purse had been reported stolen earlier that night from Bentley’s in Aspen.

Based on several witness and victim statements and a positive identification made by a doorman at The Living Room, Laura Tedder was then placed under arrest for felony theft.

The next day, a search of the 4-Runner and follow-up investigation revealed items stolen from three purses at the Campo di Fiori restaurant, the East Cooper Avenue apartment, Bentley’s bar and The Living Room.

Additionally, two Quaalude pills were allegedly found in the vehicle, along with one-and-a-half pills of phendimetrazine, a schedule-three controlled substance.

Both Tedders posted $25,000 bonds at about 1:30 p.m. Monday and were released, according to jail officials. Both are scheduled to appear in Pitkin County’s 9th Judicial District Court Feb. 24.

Officer Linn said he didn’t expect anyone else would be arrested in connection with the thefts, though he said additional or amended criminal charges could follow.

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