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Police chief to burglars: Not in Rifle

Heidi Rice
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

RIFLE, Colorado ” Rifle Police Chief Daryl Meisner is sending a message to those responsible for a rash of burglaries the city has seen this month.

“Not in Rifle.”

He’s also sending a plea for residents to watch for any suspicious activity.

The latest incidents included five residential burglaries on Friday, March 20, in various places ” two on Columbine Court, one in the 500 block of East 11th Street and one in the 1300 block of Firethorn Avenue.

The thefts are usually done during the day when the residents are not at home, according to Meisner.

“They knock on the door and if there’s nobody home, they try the door and if it’s unlocked, they go in,” Meisner said. “If not, they do a forced entry through either the door, a window or another location.”

The burglars take electronics, such as televisions, VCRs, DVD players, computers and cameras as well as jewelry, Meisner said.

“It appears to be more than one person, but they work together,” Meisner said.

Earlier this month, two burglaries involved thefts of firearms.

Burglaries are relatively unusual in Rifle, but Meisner stressed if you see something that appears to be abnormal in your neighborhood, call the police.

“People in the community have got to watch out for their neighbors,” Meisner said. “And you’ve got to call immediately ” the sooner we get the call, the better.”

Even if the call turns out to be nothing, Meisner said his department would rather respond to 10 innocent calls than miss one in which a resident was burglarized.

He also advised that residents take precautions by locking their doors, securing their valuables and making friends with their neighbors so you can watch out for each other.

If you have any information about who may be responsible for the burglaries, call the Rifle Police Department at 665-6500.

“Somebody in this community knows who these people are,” Meisner said. “And if you see something strange in your neighborhood, call us. Stand up for your community. Send the message ‘Not in Rifle.'”

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