Prosecutor: Alleged car thief facing long sentence
A District Court judge declined Tuesday to lower the bond for a 33-year-old man charged with stealing an Aspen man’s vehicle last spring, using his ATM card and pawning some of his belongings.
Jeramie Sailors — also known as Jeremy Sailors — allegedly entered the Inn at Aspen on May 20, stole the keys to a Toyota 4Runner belonging to a hotel employee and took the SUV, which had a $5,000 mountain bike attached to a roof rack, according to a police report filed in District Court.
The man’s wallet, backpack and camera were inside the vehicle at the time of the theft, the report states.
The next day, someone attempted to use the man’s ATM card and credit cards at numerous businesses in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, according to the report.
Aspen police recovered the vehicle May 24 in a parking lot at Eighth and Hallam streets, though it was unclear from Pitkin County Deputy Brad Gibson’s report whether the mountain bike was recovered as well.
In June, an inmate at the Douglas County Jail told Gibson that Sailors admitted to the inmate he’d stolen the 4Runner and parked it in the Hallam parking lot, the report states. Sailors later pawned several items belonging to the 4Runner owner at a pawn shop in Grand Junction, the inmate told Gibson according to the report.
A Grand Junction police officer located the items at the pawn shop June 16th and reported that Sailors used his own identification to sell them, the report states.
Sailors recently got out of prison and has two other felony cases pending in Garfield and Mesa counties, a public defender told Judge Seldin on Tuesday. In addition, prosecutor Andrea Bryan said Sailors has four prior felony convictions and has failed to appear in court on six different occasions.
“He is facing four times the maximum sentence in each of (pending) felony cases,” Bryan said. “There’s no reason to believe he will not commit serious offenses if he’s released.”
Seldin agreed, saying that if he’d known the details of Sailors’ past, he might have set his bond higher. As it was, he kept it at $8,500 cash or surety.
Sailors faces charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, identity theft and theft, all felonies, in the Pitkin County incident.
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