Chris and Lorraine Tennal: No real justice for Breckenridge ski bandit
Owners, Mountain Outfitters
“I can’t believe he only got 90 days. What a joke! A slap on the wrist!”
That’s the response we’ve received from about everyone who read the article about our shop, Mountain Outfitters, and the Breckenridge Ski Bandit.
Last winter, our store was burglarized and vandalized on three separate occasions in just over one month. In a winter season that was already suffering from a difficult economy and moderate snowfall, these incidents almost proved to be more adversity than any small business could absorb and remain open. Luckily, the third time proved to be a charm and the individual was apprehended. Caught red-handed and wearing merchandise from the first two burglaries, we expected rapid and decisive justice.
What we received was a process that berated us for demanding fair and reasonable restitution for our losses. The violation and paranoia we experienced were superseded by the unfortunate illegal drug use and hardships the burglar had experienced. If you don’t think our criminal justice system favors the criminal, try sitting through a case such as this and see how far the scales of justice are tipped.
We truly hoped that this individual’s arrest and sentencing would send a message and could be utilized as a deterrent. A bold statement that our justice system would not tolerate such actions against our business community. Obviously, that wasn’t the message.
In the end, as awful as this experience has been, we would like to offer our sincerest thanks and appreciation to the Breckenridge Police Department, the Summit County Sheriff’s Department and Bobby, the police canine, for all of their hard work and efforts. Most importantly, we need to thank all of our friends and fans that support Mountain Outfitters every day. We truly appreciate all of you.
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