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ASPEN A man was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for using a credit card he stole from Aspens Main Street Bakery and Cafe to buy a $1,000 antique gold coin in December. Police said Alejandro Bolona worked at various shops in Aspen and Eagle counties, where he used stolen credit cards to make purchases. Police detective Eric Ross worked with Vail police and the Eagle County Sheriffs Office in late 2006 to apprehend Alejandro Bolona, 39, who had fled to Jackson, Wyo.Bolona already has been sentenced to four years in prison in the Eagle County case and will serve the sentences concurrently. In the arrest warrant affidavit, Ross states that Bolona was a suspect in a $5,500 credit card fraud while working at Sandys Office Supply in Aspen in June 2006.Police first got on the trail after just such a call. On Oct. 3, 2006, Mark Hutchinson reported his Alpine Bank card stolen, according to the affidavit. He said there were at least two purchases he had not made that totaled $1,121. Police found that the charges were for some booze from the Grog Shop and an antique coin. Bolona pleaded guilty to forging Hutchinsons name while making those charges.
ASPEN An Aspen man pleaded guilty Monday to buying a hot television set from the Molly Gibson Lodge in Aspen.Richard Risden, 26, pleaded guilty to theft by receiving after he bought a 42-inch television, which he admittedly knew was stolen from the Molly Gibson in March, for $20. Risen, who is free on a $6,000 bond, is scheduled for sentencing on Dec. 17.
ASPEN A Boulder man who picked up a backpack left at the Aspen Store pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Monday. Seth Gates, 32, was sentenced to three months in the Pitkin County Jail. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped two felony charges.According to a police narrative, Robert Russell left the backpack including an iPod, BlackBerry, prescription medicine and other valuables at the gas station. Aspen police tracked Gates down through the use of surveillance video. Because of the prescription drugs, Gates originally was charged with possession of a controlled substance. A lawyer could argue this is a finders-keepers, losers-weepers situation, defense attorney Garth McCarty said at the hearing. Im not going to do that.
SILT, Colo. A truck going to a natural gas well pad crashed and spilled fluids south of Silt that caught the attention of a Colorado State Patrol hazardous materials unit Monday morning.The accident was reported at 7:10 a.m. A Schlumberger Limited precision continuous mixer truck had spilled its contents down an embankment, according to Garfield County Sheriffs Office community relations deputy Tanny McGinnis.The driver received a citation for careless driving, McGinnis said, but the name wasnt available and she didnt return a phone message after sending the e-mail. The driver was not injured, and Schlumberger has contracted with a group called STI to clean up the spill, Harris said. He was unaware of any traffic citation.A State Patrol hazardous materials unit, the Garfield County Sheriffs Office and the Burning Mountains Fire Protection District responded to the scene. (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)
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