The Thrift Shop of Aspen is home to good deals, quirky items and, as two men arrested for allegedly stealing from the nonprofit found out, a surveillance camera.
Cristian Hernesto Rodriguez, 30, of Old Snowmass and Jairo Onil Canales-Ramirez, 19, of El Jebel each face two misdemeanor counts.
Thrift Shop managers on Friday alerted Aspen police that there had been early morning thefts from their donation area in the alley behind the business.
The thefts had occurred for a few days in a row, and the nonprofit’s staff suspected three men in a blue pickup truck.
Employees were able to provide police “with images from their surveillance camera to corroborate this report,” said Blair Weyer, police department spokeswoman, in an email.
Working off this information, police officers allegedly saw a theft from the donation area Monday morning around 7:30.
Rodriguez took a DVD player from the donation area, while Canales-Ramirez appeared to be the lookout, Weyer said.
Rodriguez is charged with theft and trespassing, and Canales-Ramirez is charged with being an accessory to a crime and trespassing.
Police continue to investigate to determine if the men arrested Monday are the same individuals involved with the earlier thefts.