Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Aspen - where even the criminals are polite

I don't know if I've mentioned this before, very probably, but my brother is the police chief in Aspen, Colorado. (Amusing side note: he's a very law-abiding, serious, white Englishman by the name of Richard Pryor. And he rarely sets fire to himself.) We've talked many times about the differences between crime in a place like that and a larger metro area like Austin, but this little nugget came to me over the radio this morning and not from him:

A drunk in Aspen stole a bike to get home, then left it on the courthouse steps with a note of apology. The owner, delighted to have it back, had no interest in pressing charges. Full story here. That the thief (borrower may be a better term) signed it "Drunk" makes it that much better.

Tomorrow night my ride-along begins, so Friday I hope to have an interesting tale or two to share. And if I get the result of ADA John Hunt's "Bite Me" case, I'll let you know that, too. Hopefully if he loses he won't be in the dog house...

EDITED TO ADD:  Guilty.  Great work, John Hunt.  And the story by your local newshound (hehe) Steven Kreytak is right here.


  1. Wow, that's great! I wish people were more like that. Here in Northern VA, I guarantee even if the drunk brought the bike back, he'd be sued up and down.

    But he wouldn't bring the bike back.

    I love hearing stories about humanity...the good side. Thank you.

  2. That's hilarious! I wish more people were like that too!

  3. Well, I'm sure there are people like that in every community. At least, that's what I tell myself!


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