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Burglaries becoming more frequent in New Castle, too

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

NEW CASTLE, Colorado ” New Castle Police are warning residents to be sure to lock their homes and vehicles after a string of burglaries were reported throughout town.

According to Police Chief Chris Sadler, the New Castle Police Department has responded to several burglaries in the Lakota Ranch area. Those incidents stretch all the way back to November 2008. Two of the incidents involved entry into newly constructed homes and the culprits stole kitchen appliances.

Since Jan. 1, five reports of burglary have been investigated. Most of those incidents occurred in the Castle Valley Ranch area. Several of the incidents involved the theft of electronic equipment, Sadler said.

“In the last week or so we haven’t had much trouble,” Sadler said. “But we were getting hammered last month with the vehicle break-ins.”

Between Feb. 18 – 28, the department responded to 12 reports of vehicles being entered and property being stolen. Most of these incidents also occurred in the Castle Valley Ranch area, as well. Items stolen from vehicles included clothing, stereos and radios, tools, iPods and other similar devices.

Sadler said that the difficulty is getting people to lock their doors on both their vehicles and homes.

“If we can deprive these guys of the opportunity to commit these crimes, that would be a big help,” he said.

Silt Police also had a string of vehicular break-ins during the same period in late February. However, after word spread and people were aware of the activities, citizens stated taking control and reporting suspicious activity and that has made all the difference.

“We’ve had a good response from citizens,” Said Silt Police Chief Levi Burris. “The public service announcement helped to remind people to lock their doors and vehicles and it made a big difference.”

Silt Police responded to 12 vehicle break-ins in a two week period. One incident involved a person breaking into a vehicle and using the garage door opener to gain access to the garage and steal a motorcycle.

Since then, the Silt Police have made four arrests in connection with some of the incidents, including recovering the stolen motorcycle.

Sadler had the same message for New Castle residents. He said not to leave valuable items inside a vehicle during the night, lock doors of home and vehicles, and replace defective or broken locks. Also, Sadler said, people who are planning on leaving home for an extended time, notify the police and request extra patrol and security checks. Other measures like interior lights on timers, having a neighbor pick up mail and newspapers, and just having someone keep an eye on your home is a good idea.

Sadler also said for people to call police whenever they see suspicious activity.

A string of home burglaries also happened throughout parts of Glenwood Springs the end of February as well. Three juvenile suspects were arrested in connection with several of the incidents.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114


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