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Aspen, CO ColoradoFelony theft charges dropped in Aspen caseASPEN Three felony theft charges on Jeffrey Key were dropped Monday because the victim in the alleged crime returned to her native country of Russia.”Without her I have no case,” said Assistant District Attorney Gail Nichols, who will continue to prosecute three misdemeanor charges Key faces. “Evidence disappears, especially in Aspen where you have a lot of transients.”Key allegedly stole credit cards which he used to withdraw $1,000 from Alpine Bank. He is still charged with misdemeanor charges of stealing a sunroof, knife and cell phone. “They don’t have any witnesses,” said Key’s attorney, Arnie Mordkin. “They dropped the charges because their witnesses are not available. It’s just, it’s the American way.”Key was not available for comment because he is in jail on a parole hold. If he is convicted of any of the crimes then he will have violated his parole. Further, if he is convicted of any of the misdemeanors he may serve a five-year suspended sentence from a previous felony. According to police, on Aug. 11, a woman at the Lava Room reported her wallet stolen, along with a friend’s cell phone, both out of the same purse. Within an hour of the reported theft, someone went to Alpine Bank and withdrew $1,000 with her card. Aspen police arrested Key after a traffic stop Aug. 23 and found the stolen phone in his car.Key has a motions hearing on Feb. 27 and a trial scheduled for April 5 and 6. Arrest made in pawn shop robberyGLENWOOD SPRINGS The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Stephen Anthony Digregorio, 36, of Grand Junction on Dec. 7 for allegedly robbing more than $4,000 from Anderson’s Jewelry and Pawn south of Glenwood Springs and assaulting the owner, Gary Anderson.Digregorio was originally booked on charges of second-degree assault, robbery, theft and criminal mischief and held on $20,000 bail, according to court documents. The bail was reduced to $15,000 and Digregorio has not yet bonded out, according to the sheriff’s office. He is currently being held on charges of second-degree assault and robbery – both class-four felonies, according to the sheriff’s office.Anderson said he recognized the attacker because he had held a $100 ring in layaway for him. The robbery and assault took place on the afternoon of Nov. 9. Digregorio is set to appear in court on Jan. 25. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)Burglars return stolen equipmentGLENWOOD SPRINGS The Christmas spirit is all about giving, and it can be contagious. On Tuesday morning the Glenwood Springs Police Department received a rather unusual gift – so to speak.Around 12:30 a.m. Garrett Edquist, 18, of Glenwood Springs, and Will Rinehart, 18, of Silt phoned the police dispatch from the emergency phone located on the exterior of the GSPD building at 101 W. Eighth St. in Glenwood Springs. That’s when the two men told authorities that they were responsible for the stolen educational equipment taken from the Glenwood Springs Elementary School this past weekend.Six G4 iMacs, two G5 iMacs, an iBook and an LCD projector were taken from the school late Friday night or early Saturday morning. The equipment was worth approximately $10,000, GSES Principal Sonya Hemmen said. Edquist and Rinehart were arrested and taken to Garfield County Jail where they were both charged with class-four felony theft, second-degree burglary (a class-four felony), and criminal mischief (a class-two misdemeanor). (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
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