Porsche driver pleads guilty to theft | AspenTimes.com

Porsche driver pleads guilty to theft

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A 59-year-old woman with a history of theft who was arrested earlier this year after police tracked her down using the license plate on her Porsche pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft Tuesday.

Jillian Epstein White, a resident of both Woody Creek and New York, faces between six months and 18 months in jail for the plea, though a plea deal caps her jail time at 45 days, according to court documents. She is scheduled to be sentenced in March.

White’s criminal history includes arrests on suspicion of DUI in 2004, felony burglary in 2006, larceny in 2008, theft in 2013 and driving while ability impaired in 2014, according to court documents.

Her plea Tuesday stems from the theft of a $4,145 pullover stolen from Brunello Cucinelli, a high-end clothing store in downtown Aspen, in April 2013. At the time, a woman fitting White’s description tried on several items at the store but didn’t buy anything, according to court documents.

The manager later noticed the pullover missing and called police. Nearly two years later — on March 11, 2015 — White returned to the clothing store and asked for a store bag for an older coat she was carrying that was purchased from the store, court documents state.

The manager immediately recognized White as the woman who stole the pullover in April 2013, refused to give a store bag and asked her to leave the store. Brunello Cucinelli employees followed White to her Porsche SUV and recorded the license number.

Police discovered the Porsche was registered to White and later compared White’s previous booking photo to video surveillance from April 2013. They concluded White “was the person who stole the pullover,” court documents state.

White was arrested April 21 at the Aspen airport.

After an article about her arrest appeared in local Aspen newspapers, another woman contacted the District Attorney’s Office to report that White stole her black faux leather coat from the St. Regis Hotel in Aspen on Jan. 15, 2015. The woman recognized White from video surveillance.

A St. Regis employee contacted White and told her they had video footage of her taking the coat, and White said she’d mistakenly picked up her friend’s coat. White returned the coat a few days later, according to court documents.

On May 9, 2013, White admitted stealing two cans of coconut water from Roxy’s Market at the Aspen Business Center, the document states. She later pleaded guilty to misdemeanor theft in Pitkin County Court.

In June 2008, White stole two pairs of sunglasses valued at $434 from the Sunglass Hut in Aspen. Later the same day, a store employee saw White walk past the store, confronted her and eventually talked her into coming back to the store to pay for the sunglasses, according to court documents.

Aspen police accompanied White to her hotel at the time, where she retrieved the sunglasses and was arrested for theft. She later pleaded guilty to the charge.

Finally, just days before she was arrested for the pullover theft, New York City police arrested her April 6 for grand larceny, court documents state. She allegedly stole a Givenchy purse, said prosecutor Andrea Bryan.

White was required to pay $5,041.68 in restitution to Brunello Cucinelli for the pullover before she pleaded guilty to the theft charge Tuesday. Bryan confirmed that White paid the restitution.