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Police: Aspen employee stole ski-rental deposits

Rick Carroll
The Aspen Times
Aspen CO Colorado
Michael Melosh Kulik

ASPEN – An employee at an Aspen sporting-goods store faces two felony counts after being accused of pocketing customers’ deposits placed on ski rentals.

Michael Melosh Kulik, 26, posted $7,500 bond Wednesday following his arrest Tuesday. Prosecutor Arnold Mordkin said he plans to charge Kulik with one count of theft of $300 to $10,000 and one count of forgery.

Kulik, who worked at Aspen Sports on the Cooper Avenue pedestrian mall, came under suspicion of his supervisors when they say they noticed, most recently on Friday, that the cash register he was manning was $252 short, according to an arrest warrant affidavit fromy Aspen Police Officer Rick Magnuson.

Kulik’s managers say they determined that over the past month, he had bilked $2,434 over the course of 15 cash refunds from ski-rental transactions made with credit cards.

Kulik admitted to his superiors that he had taken money but not as much as they had claimed, Magnuson’s affidavit says. Kulik confessed to taking $1,829 in cash refunds over the course of 10 transactions. He took the money to pay rent to his former roommate and told his bosses that he had a bad oxycodone habit, the affidavit says.

Kulik told Magnuson, according to the affidavit, that he is “hooked on oxy” and had been in rehab four times.

“Kulik made this statement without questions or prompting by me,” Magnuson wrote.