Worth of stolen Aspen jewelry significantly less than a person-fifth the price tag

The jewelry Arthur Harris admitting thieving on Monday from a downtown Aspen boutique in September 2017 was priced at nearly $95,000.

He will not, however, have to fork out back even a single-fifth of that amount as aspect of his plea deal with the District Attorney’s Office.

That’s because the actual benefit of the two pairs of earrings — on sale for just below $50,000 — and the bejeweled pendant — which retailed for a little bit far more than $45,000 — he and his crew stole from Maja du Brul Jewelry was accurately $17,909.14, explained Chief Deputy District Attorney Don Nottingham. The difference might speak to retail jewelry prices in Aspen, he claimed.



It definitely came as fairly a shock to Harris’ law firm.

“I’m just listening to for the 1st time what the restitution is,” community defender Scott Troxell said.



Troxell claimed he prepared on inquiring for a 7-year probation sentence to give Harris time to pay back off the tens of hundreds of bucks he expected to owe. The new price point altered those people plans, and Troxell asked for a shorter sentence.

Harris, 54, pleaded responsible to one depend of felony theft Monday and was sentenced to 4 a long time supervised probation. He will very likely be extradited to Santa Barbara, California, where by he will encounter theft costs for a related operation dedicated there, according to Troxell and earlier media reviews.

“I committed theft in a jewellery retail store, your honor,” Harris explained Monday immediately after District Choose Chris Seldin asked him what he did. “(I took) earrings and a brooch … in the amount of money of $95,000.”

Harris was extradited to Aspen from Reno, Nevada, immediately after he was arrested there in September on a Pitkin County warrant. He’s been in the custody of the Pitkin County Jail in the course of the 168 times because then.

A woman named Maya Kvek and two other females entered the retail store in the 300 block of Hopkins Avenue and distracted a saleswoman though Harris stole the two pairs of earrings. Just one pair was aquamarine and white gold, though the other featured pearls.

The saleswoman later on recognized Kvek — and video surveillance backed her up — as the particular person who stole the pendant, which was created of diamonds, sapphires, rubies, emeralds and gold. Law enforcement believe that all five individuals operated as a workforce.

Kvek pleaded guilty to one particular rely of misdemeanor theft in September 2020, was provided credit score for the 101 times she served in the Pitkin County Jail and was sentenced to two several years of supervised probation, which was transferred to Brooklyn, New York, in which she was from. Kvek also pleaded guilty to receiving stolen assets in Santa Barbara.

She was not requested to fork out restitution in the Aspen circumstance.

Harris also requested that his probation be transferred back to his house of Brooklyn, which Seldin granted Monday.

Seldin also observed that others allegedly concerned in the theft were not apprehended, and claimed he felt the time Harris served in jail few with probation was a reasonable sentence.