Local nabbed for theft of board | AspenTimes.com

Local nabbed for theft of board

Aspen Times Staff Report

Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 24-year-old man at the base of Aspen Highlands Saturday for possession of a stolen snowboard, according to deputies.

Jeff Rothenberg was booked into the Pitkin County Jail and released Saturday evening on a $5,000 bond.

According to Deputy Bruce Benson, the victim of the snowboard theft had been enjoying aprs ski in the Snowmass Village Mall area Friday afternoon when his very rare snowboard was stolen from a nearby ski/board rack.

“The victim went skiing at Highlands Saturday and – it was just dumb luck – but he saw his board outside the Merry-Go-Round,” Benson said.

The victim waited by his board and confronted Rothenberg when he came back for it, Benson said. Ski patrollers then escorted Rothenberg to the base area, where deputies were waiting, Benson said.

“The victim pretty much gets the credit for this one,” Benson said. “He saw the snowboard on the rack and waited until the guy came to get it, and then asked him to talk with the ski patrol.”

Although ski and snowboard thefts do not occur with great frequency at the four Aspen-area mountains, Benson said there are some simple precautions people can take to protect their investments.

“This time of the year is when we have a lot of seasonal workers who pick up and go someplace else,” Benson said, “and sometimes they’ll take something that’s not theirs with them. So it’s a good time to take advantage of these ski checks and lockers.”

Benson also recommends that skiers and boarders electronically engrave their names and/or Social Security numbers onto their equipment for identification purposes. He also pointed out that the Aspen and Snowmass Village police departments offer ski/board registration programs free of charge.

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