Breck PD amends ski crime ordinance |

Breck PD amends ski crime ordinance

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge police cited a man for scalping lift tickets, but the way the laws are on the books, the town couldn’t prosecute the man in its court.

Last week, the Breckenridge town council approved an amendment to an ordinance that covers crimes at the ski resort. The town’s theft-of-

services ordinance covers “clipping tickets,” cutting boundary ropes and sneaking on lifts without a pass. It did not, however, cover reselling lift tickets for a profit.

“It’s illegal, but it was under a state statute,” said Breckenridge Police Chief Rick Holman. “We would have to file cases in county court if we wanted to pursue anything.”

Town staff discovered the discrepancy in laws after a Frisco man was cited for selling resort employee complimentary tickets. Officers ticketed Jay Brossman, 72, for unlawful use of a ski-area facility. The charge was leveled after a pass office worker at Breckenridge Ski Resort observed Brossman turn in two Vail Resorts employee half-day lift tickets for a full-day pass and then give the pass to another man, whom police believe was going to buy the ticket. Police later retrieved 226 of the half-day lift tickets at Brossman’s home.

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