Man charged with year-old Aspen burglary
A New Castle man already imprisoned on the other side of Independence Pass was charged last week with burglary and theft in connection with a break-in at an Aspen apartment a year ago, according to court documents.
A fingerprint from Eric Reynolds, 39, was found at the scene of the burglary, according to a police report filed in Aspen District Court.
The burglary occurred almost exactly a year ago at an apartment in the 900 block of East Hyman Avenue. The couple living there reported leaving for a wedding the afternoon of Aug. 8, 2015, and returning at about 1:30 a.m. Aug. 9 to find the woman’s jewelry gone, the report states.
The value of the missing jewelry was $7,208, according to the report.
The fingerprint was obtained from a glass jewelry stand and sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation on Aug. 17. It was identified as Reynolds’ right thumbprint Feb. 29, the report states.
Reynolds was confirmed to have been in Aspen during the time of the burglary, said Aspen police Detective Jeff Fain. Reynolds admitted to another Aspen detective that he woke up in Aspen around the time of the burglary with a shopping bag full of jewelry but couldn’t remember where it came from, Fain said.
Reynolds also admitted to the detective he is a heroin addict and was having trouble remaining sober at the time of the Aspen burglary, he said.
Reynolds was transported from Buena Vista Correctional Complex earlier this week and advised of the charges against him, which are both felonies. It was not clear Friday why Reynolds is in prison.
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