Snowmass man released after ‘bender’ burglary |

Snowmass man released after ‘bender’ burglary

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

A Snowmass Village man arrested Friday for breaking into a local liquor store and stealing bottles of whiskey was released Monday on his own recognizance.

In court Monday, Thomas Mullings said his behavior was part of a “bender” that may have been prompted by anxiety over an upcoming appointment with a psychiatrist.

Mullings allegedly used a hammer to shatter the front door to the Daly Bottle Shop at the Snowmass Mall and stole at least two bottles of Jim Beam whiskey, according to an arrest warrant. An officer recognized him from video footage taken from the liquor store.

Mullings told an officer who went to his Snowmass Village apartment that he’d been “breaking in” earlier that morning, that he used a hammer he threw in a trash can around the corner from the store to break the door glass and that two Jim Beam bottles found in his apartment were all he took, the warrant states.

“The clear issue here is alcohol,” prosecutor Michael Warren said in court.

Mullings was charged with felony burglary, misdemeanor criminal mischief and theft. He will have to abstain from alcohol and drugs as part of his release.

Mullings, a bicycle mechanic, said in court that he wants to continue getting treatment.