A former Aspen man was sentenced Monday to two years of probation and will likely have to pay thousands of dollars in restitution for stealing snowboards, cameras and apparel from his former employer.
Timothy Tobin, 31, apologized in court for his actions at a D&E/Four Mountain Sports outlet in Aspen, where he worked this past winter.
He was arrested in March after Aspen police said he stole 11 snowboards, 17 “wearable” cameras and other merchandise.
Security cameras at the ski shop on Durant Avenue caught Tobin, disguised in a balaclava, entering the store at 5 a.m. on Feb. 28, his arrest warrant says.
A store manager called police that day to report the burglary, and two employees told authorities they recognized Tobin on surveillance footage.
Tobin’s former roommate the next day also contacted police after noticing several snowboards and snowboarding-related items in their apartment, the warrant says.
At one point, the director of the Aspen Skiing Co.-owned D&E/Four Mountain Sports said the business was missing more than 400 items. An Aspen police detective in April, however, said some of the gear might have been missing not due to Tobin but because of D&E staff moving inventory around.
On Monday, Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County District Court asked Chip McCrory, Tobin’s attorney, how long a restitution hearing might take.
McCrory said it could last as long as eight hours, given the sorting of the evidence Aspen police have versus what is relevant to the case.
He said that if he and prosecutor Andrea Bryan can reach an agreement on the items for which Tobin will be on the hook, it would reduce the hearing’s length.
Bryan agreed that a stipulation on what evidence is relevant would trim the time needed for such a hearing. She said afterward that the restitution Tobin will owe is likely to exceed $15,000.
Tobin told Nichols that he was “very sorry for what I did. ... I’m willing to do what it takes to make things right.”
“I believe you understand the seriousness of the offense, and that the solution is sobriety,” Nichols said.
She asked Tobin how he thinks he’s been doing.
“I’m much more humble ...,” he said.
As part of a plea agreement, lesser charges of theft and possession of burglary tools were dropped.
Nichols approved a request to transfer Tobin’s probation to Illinois, where he is now living and undergoing substance-abuse treatment.
A restitution review hearing was scheduled for Oct. 7.