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Thief scores bar’s Broncos banner

Allyn Harvey

The last time Scott Farrell and Mike Kaiser saw their favorite memento from the Denver Bronco’s championship season was the day after Veteran’s Day. A few days later – sometime around Nov. 15 – they noticed it had disappeared without a trace.

Despite countless inquiries, pleas, threats and advertisements in The Aspen Times, it’s been missing ever since.

Neither Farrell nor Kaiser has a clue about who might have stolen the 3-foot by 5-foot orange and blue banner declaring the Broncos Champions of the World. It had been hanging above the door of their business, the Roaring Fork Tavern, for most of the year. They purchased it from a magazine advertisement shortly after Denver crushed Green Bay in Superbowl XXXII.

“It’s a very bad thing to do,” said Farrell, who co-owns the tavern with Kaiser. “Especially at Aspen’s number one Bronco headquarters.”

The thief was crafty enough to pull off the heist without leaving any evidence.

The flagpole bracket above the door wasn’t damaged, so it’s unlikely the thief bent the pole down from below. There were no footprints on the snow-covered roof above the door, so it’s equally unlikely that the thief lifted the banner from above. There were no marks on the wall beneath the banner, so it doesn’t appear the thief perched a straight ladder to get at the prize.

By Kaiser’s reckoning, the heist was pulled off with use of a truck or a stand-alone ladder.

After noticing the banner was gone, he posted news of its disappearance on a chalk board. “I put up a sign at first that said whoever took it is dead,” he said.

But after that didn’t convince anyone to ‘fess up, they took out an ad in the Lost and Found section of The Aspen Times classifieds offering a $75 reward. Still no word.

Now, having nearly given up hope, they are trying to find another, identical banner. But that may not be too easy. Kaiser is planning to hunt around in Denver when he goes to the first playoff game of the season.

The banner cost $59.95 plus shipping and handling shortly after the Superbowl, but neither is sure what they’ll have to pay for another one on the eve of the playoffs. If they can even find another one.

Aspen Police Department Officer Jim Crowley said the chances of finding the flag so many weeks after the theft aren’t good.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of the banner can reach Farrell and Kaiser at 920-9666.


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