Carbondale man faces multiple charges following Aspen truck break-in
The Aspen Times
A Carbondale man who allegedly broke into a truck in downtown Aspen on Saturday afternoon and stole several items was advised Monday in Pitkin County District Court of the potential charges against him.
Thomas Bryce Comber, 24, faces a felony charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance and three misdemeanor counts related to theft, trespassing and unlawful drug possession. District Judge Gail Nichols allowed him to be released on a personal-recognizance bond under the condition that he submit to random drug and alcohol testing for an indefinite amount of time as his case is reviewed and processed. He also is not allowed to consume alcohol.
Aspen policeman Adam Loudon, who arrested Comber at about 3:45 p.m. Saturday, wrote in an arrest affidavit that Comber was spotted by another man in the 100 block of South Mill Street just before 3:30 p.m. Comber was apparently intoxicated since he was staggering across the road, according to the witness.
Comber opened a tan Dodge truck and spent five minutes inside of it, the witness reported. He then exited the vehicle but left the door open, the affidavit says.
The witness then went inside Radio Boardshop at the corner of South Mill Street and East Hopkins Avenue and asked another man if he knew who the truck belonged to. The man said it belonged to him and after gaining a description of Comber, headed east on Hopkins Avenue to find him, the affidavit states.
The man found Comber and attempted to call police. The man also flagged down a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy and told him about the situation. The deputy stopped Comber at the intersection of East Hyman Avenue and South Hunter Street. Loudon and another Aspen policeman arrived a few moments later, according to the affidavit.
Comber “admitted to entering vehicles,” Loudon wrote. The policeman added that he found a prescription bottle in Comber’s left, front pocket containing seven pills, one of which was later identified as hydrocodone. The other six were a generic form of Xanax.
“I also searched the backpack that Comber was wearing,” the affidavit says. “The backpack contained identification, credit cards and a paystub” belonging to the man from Radio Boardshop whose truck Comber allegedly entered.
Comber told Nichols that he has lived in Carbondale for two years and that he was about to start working in a ski-rental shop. His next court appearance was set for Dec. 2.
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