‘Lumberjack’ faces charge of stealing coat | AspenTimes.com

‘Lumberjack’ faces charge of stealing coat

Chad Abraham

A man who a witness described as looking like a lumberjack was arrested March 30 and accused of stealing a French coat from an Aspen bar.The coat’s owner told police he had placed the coat on the back of a sofa in the Little Nell bar. It was unattended from 5-6 p.m..The victim described the jacket as “one of a kind” because he bought it in France and “he has never seen one like it in the Aspen area.” The unique coat has “a full zipper up the front,” the police report notes. The brand, Millet, is embroidered on the garment, as well.A waitress told police she remembered a man picking up the coat. He “moved it about as if unfamiliar with how to put it on,” the report says. She didn’t see the man actually take the coat. The waitress described the man as “tan, has big dimples when he smiles … wears ‘Sorel’ boots, looks like a ‘lumberjack.'”An hour or so later, police were called to the Sky Hotel and told that the suspect was in the lounge. Kurt Willis first told officers his name was “Kurt Wilton.””I asked Willis to spell his last name and he said it was ‘Wilson’ and verbally spelled Wilson to me,” the officer wrote. A credit card later identified him as Kurt Willis.He denied taking the coat and told police they could search his truck. They walked a couple of blocks to his truck and “as we got closer I was able to see [through] the front windshield in plain sight” the coat, the report says. Willis said he had owned the coat for five years and then tried to hide it under other clothes in the vehicle, according to police.Willis faces misdemeanor charges of theft, providing false information and marijuana possession.Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com

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