Ninth robbery suspect said to be `inside man’
Aspen and Snowmass police on Friday arrested a man they say was the inside agent in the Aug. 19 armed robbery at the Village Market in Snowmass Village.
Shea K. Treadwell, 18, was arrested at his home without incident by Snowmass Detective Dave Hively and Aspen Detective Jim Cannon, and taken to the Pitkin County Jail to be booked on a charge of conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
He was immediately transferred to the Eagle County Jail, where he currently is being held in lieu of $50,000 in bail money.
The robbery is one of a string of crimes that occurred in the Aspen and Snowmass area in August and September, which police believe was pulled off by a group of local teen-agers acting in various combinations. They included the armed robberies at the Village Market, Clark’s Market in Aspen and the Aspen Alps condominium complex in Aspen, as well as the burglary of a home in Twining Flats.
Jail officials have sent some of the eight suspects in the various crimes to other jails in order to keep them separate and out of communication with each other.
Treadwell’s name had not come up in earlier reports and court documents.
According to Snowmass Police Chief Art Smythe, Treadwell was living in an employee housing unit at the time of his arrest, and had been working at the Village Market around the time of the robbery.
Smythe, who did not take part in the arrest, said he was unsure of exactly what Treadwell is accused of doing in connection with the robbery, except that he is believed to have passed information to the robbers in preparation for the crime.
Asked what the information was, Smythe said it had to do with “gaining access to the store and money issues.”
Smythe said his department, in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies in the area, is continuing to work on leads stemming from the robbery.
Police have charged three young men – Moses Greengrass, 18, William “Wade” Hammond, 18, and Stefan Schutter, 17 – with entering the store after closing time wearing ski masks or hoods, and holding up the clerk on duty. One of the men, Schutter, is said to have pistol whipped the clerk during the robbery, according to statements made by others involved in the crime spree.
Hammond, in a plea bargain with the local district attorney’s office, last week pleaded guilty to his part in the robbery and is awaiting sentencing.
Treadwell is due for his first court appearance today, to receive his formal advisement on the charges against him, but authorities were unsure if that would be in Pitkin County or Eagle County as of Sunday.
A jail officer said Sunday that, due to the large number of cases scheduled for today’s Ninth Judicial District Court docket, it would be left up to the judge as to where Treadwell will be for his hearing.
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