T’was the week before Christmas, and all through the hotel, not a creature was stirring, not even some Chilean gentleman in puffy jackets and beanies.
Wait … cancel that. As reported by the Aspen Times:
The theft occurred Dec. 21 just after 1 p.m. Video surveillance showed the men parking a Ford Expedition rented in California on Spring Street at 12:11 p.m. that day, then entering The Little Nell and milling around the jewelry case before leaving at 12:40 p.m. The three men returned not long after and clustered around the display case.
Video surveillance showed the man identified as Delgado Escobar using something to help him pry open the case, then bend down and interact with a black backpack being held by one of the other men.
Just before parking the getaway car, video surveillance showed one of the suspects (identified as Donoso Jofre) paying cash for a folding knife at Ute Mountaineer.
While the initial estimate put the value of stolen goods at $800K, it has since been revised to $420K (no one is quoting the wholesale cost …) The three men, aged late-20s to early 40s, are all thought to have fled the country. Read more here.