Man charged in alleged Snowmass theft
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
SNOWMASS VILLAGE – A 27-year-old man was charged Thursday with multiple felonies in connection with an alleged theft at a Snowmass Village residence that happened while the homeowner was vacationing.
Garth Raymond Holbrook Jr. is accused of theft between $1,000 and $20,000 and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device of $1,000 to $20,000. He faces up to nine years in prison if convicted.
Holbrook is to appear Monday in Pitkin County Court in Aspen. He was free Thursday on $7,500 bond.
Holbrook was arrested May 21 on a Pitkin County warrant. The warrant alleges he took the homeowner’s wallet while working on a project at the View Ridge Lane residence.
The homeowner told police he left April 14 for a vacation in Italy. He also said he gave “contractors with various companies permission to enter his residence and perform necessary repairs and remodeling work,” the warrant states.
Holbrook was employed by one of the companies.
While the homeowner was away he received an e-mail from his personal assistant who advised him of possible fraud on his credit card. Holbrook allegedly used it in Glenwood Springs.
A receipt shows a purchase of a Hewlett Packard Pavillion DV7-12 computer at 7:55 p.m. April 23 for $1,095.98 at Staples.
Holbrook also allegedly charged up $91.47 at the Target store in Glenwood Springs on the same day. That transaction was captured by a store surveillance camera.
The homeowner identified Holbrook in still images from the video.
Holbrook also apparently tried to make two separate attempts within 20 “seconds of one another at Target” in the amount of $440.91. That attempt occurred April 23 at 9:18 p.m., the warrant states.
Another attempted charged was recorded at “Glenwood Tomahawk” at 9:24 p.m. on April 23.
The homeowner told police when he returned from vacation April 27, he discovered the wallet he “had kept in his upper dresser drawer while he was on vacation was missing.”
He said $600 in cash was inside along with family photos. The homeowner also said a gold necklace he gave his wife was missing from the residence. It was valued at $1,700.
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