Alejandro Bolona, 46, told police that he is a former SkiCo employee and used a building code he received while working at the Elk Camp restaurant to gain entry.
But police allege that he used a multi-tool to pry open a door, and then duct tape and cardboard to keep it open. He is charged with burglary, even though he told officers he had not stolen anything, for allegedly being on the premises; and possession of burglary tools. Bolona also faces a misdemeanor count of trespassing.
A SkiCo employee called police about Bolona on Aug. 22 after she saw him near the Treehouse children’s center in Base Village, a police report says.
She confronted Bolona, telling him that because he did have business at the Treehouse, he needed to leave. He left the area after shouting disparagements at the worker. Sgt. Dave Heivly of Snowmass police wrote in the report that he suspected it was Bolona because of multiple prior contacts, and said the SkiCo employee confirmed it was him after seeing a photo of the defendant provided by police.
On Monday, Heivly wrote that he spoke with another SkiCo employee who said an unknown man had been spotted in the ski school locker room in the Timbermill building on the Snowmass Village mall.
This worker told Heivly that in the past three weeks, two ski school employees reported seeing the man in the locker room. One of those employees, using a photo that Heivly provided to SkiCo, said it was Bolona.
Yet another employee told police that a Timbermill door had been damaged sometime between Sept. 21 and Monday. A wooden door under a mall restaurant was jimmied open, and Heivly wrote that he saw three pieces on the floor that appeared to be parts of a metal file. The door provides access to several SkiCo offices, the report says.
On Tuesday, officers allegedly found Bolona asleep in a sleeping bag at the back of a…