Shopper lands in local jail
An Aspen woman was jailed Wednesday on charges of credit card fraud and theft, after she allegedly picked up an unclaimed credit card at the Aspen post office and went on a shopping spree.
Adria R. Gordon, 18, is accused of taking a credit card that was mailed to another area resident, Hilary Phelan, and ringing up more than $1,150 in illegitimate charges at local shops and gas stations over a seven-day period starting on Oct. 13.
Gordon, who is from New Jersey and reportedly has been in town only a short time, works at the Hotel Jerome and recently took over the post office box that used to belong to Phelan.
Phelan, who said she gave up that box a year ago, was checking her local bank account on Oct. 25 when she noticed the balance was lower than she thought it should be.
A check of bank records revealed a number of charges on her VISA debit card between Oct. 13 and Oct. 19 – a time when Phelan told police she was out of town and could not have made the purchases.
Aspen Police Officer Bill Linn, checking a couple of the shops where the charges were made, was told the purchases were made by two women, one of whom the clerk recognized as an employee of the Gucci leather goods store.
When Linn interviewed the employee, November Votta, he was told that an “acquaintance” of hers named Adria Gordon had made the purchases, including a $198 hat that Votta admired but could not afford to buy herself.
Votta was quoted by Linn as saying she thought Gordon was wealthy and thus could afford to be buying such items, which included $300 clogs and a $650 coat.
An interview with a bank official revealed that the bank had recently sent a renewal debit card to Phelan at her old post office box, which now belongs to Gordon, according to court documents.
Gordon was arrested at her apartment at Marolt Place at about 6 p.m. on Oct. 27, and jailed in lieu of $10,000 bond. Her bond was later reduced to $7,500, according to jail officials, but she remained in custody as of Thursday afternoon.
Gordon is due to go before Judge J.E. DeVilbiss on Nov. 1.
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