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Posted on: May 9, 2023

Two arrested for local motor vehicle thefts

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Two arrested for local motor vehicle thefts
Four motorcycles and trailer recovered

Aspen, Colo. – May 9, 2023 – The Aspen Police patrol and investigations divisions worked together with help from several outside police agencies to recover four stolen motorcycles and a trailer, following the theft of five motorcycles and a trailer stolen in Aspen in the past two weeks. 

On April 30, 2023, the Grand Junction Police Department arrested Silt resident Ryan Matthew Fazzi for 1st degree aggravated motor vehicle theft for being in possession of a KTM motorcycle stolen from Aspen. 

On May 7, 2023, the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office arrested Rifle resident Scott Allen Martin for 1st degree aggravated motor vehicle theft for his role in the thefts of a trailer and two motorcycles stolen from Aspen. Martin was apprehended because of an arrest warrant written by Aspen detectives. 

The Aspen Police Department worked closely with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff's Office on both investigations. The Aspen Police Department expects to make more arrests in the coming days as the investigation continues. 

“We would like to thank the Glenwood Springs Police Department for their assistance with license plate readers – this technology was instrumental in solving our cases,” said Chief of Police, Kim Ferber. “We would also like to thank the Silt Police Department for their assistance in executing a search warrant in Silt on May 1 and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office for their assistance in executing a search warrant in Garfield County on May 7.” 

The Aspen Police Department would like to take this opportunity to remind residents and visitors to lock vehicles, secure bicycles with a robust bike lock, and consider purchasing comprehensive insurance. In 2022, Aspen Police responded to two motor vehicle thefts. Both stolen vehicles were recovered and returned to their owners.  

For more information on auto theft trends and further prevention tips, please visit lockdownyourcar.org.

Contacts: 

Rick Magnuson, Detective Sergeant, Rick.magnuson@aspen.gov. or 970-274-4106                                           

Jenn Ooton, Sr. Special Projects Manager, jenn.ooton@aspen.gov. or 970-429-2756

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