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Burlgars hit Vail Valley businesses

Steve Lynn
Vail Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

EAGLE COUNTY, Colorado ” Ollie Holdstock hopes someone will be punished after his restaurant and three businesses were broken into last week.

He lost $3,000 after a window was broken and a safe, candy, cigarettes, soda and eight bottles of vodka were stolen from his restaurant, Route 6 Cafe in Eagle-Vail, Holdstock said.

“That’s a lot of money for me,” Holdstock said. “That’s three days of business.”

Route 6 Cafe and two Avon businesses, Foods of Vail and the UPS Store, were broken into between Thursday night and Saturday morning.

Someone also attempted to break into Agave after business hours Friday in Avon, said Richard Wheelock, owner of the restaurant and bar. No one got inside because the alarm was set off, alerting police, he said.

“Hopefully it won’t happen again for a while,” Wheelock said.

A 16-year-old boy, of Beaver Creek, and a 17-year-old boy, of Edwards, are suspects in the Agave burglary, said Sgt. Jonathan Lovins of the Avon Police Department.

Their charges include burglary and possession of burglary tools, both felonies, Lovins said.

Lovins declined to name the boys, who were released to their parents, he said.

Authorities are investigating whether the burglaries are related.

An Avon officer saw the 16-year-old boy running down West Beaver Creek Boulevard after the alarm at Agave went off, Lovins said. He was taken to Avon Police Department after officers matched foot prints in snow next to Agave with the tread on his shoes, he said.

The 17-year-old boy called the 16-year-old, who handed the phone to police, he said. Police picked up the 17-year-old near U.S. Highway 6 and Avon Road, he said.

The boys had gloves, headlamps, bandanas and a pocket knife, Lovins said.

At Foods of Vail in Avon, a cash register was pried open and around $500 to $600 in tips, cash, soda and tea were stolen sometime between Thursday and Friday morning, owner Tracey Van Curan said. She doesn’t know how her store was broken into either.

Van Curan’s employees had worked hard for the tips at a wedding last week, she said. She lost a day of business, she said.

“Certainly we would hope that they would be caught,” she said.

At least they didn’t steal her lasagna recipe, she said.

“That’s probably the most valuable thing that we have here, but they never would have found it,” she said.

Though unconfirmed by police, more than $350 was stolen from a UPS store in Avon sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, said Jim Metzger, a principal in a corporation that owns UPS stores in the Vail Valley.

The door to UPS was locked and he doesn’t know how burglars got inside, he said.

The number of burglaries last week surprised Metzger ” he called the crime spree “disturbing.”

“It’s usually such a quiet town anyway, most of us don’t even lock our doors,” he said.

Holdstock usually takes the money out of his restaurant, but unfortunately not before the burglary, he said. The money was supposed to go to the mother of his friend and business partner, Jack Lacey, who died on Thanksgiving Day. Now his friend’s mother won’t get the money, Holdstock said.

“Isn’t that rotten?” he said.

Investigators are talking to “people of interest” in the Route 6 Cafe burglary and some of them are juveniles, said Shannon Cordingly, spokeswoman for the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

“I wouldn’t say they’re suspects as of yet,” she said. “We’re still in the process of gathering information and investigating.”

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