Police hope for break in break-ins
Ambitious, but amateur, burglars made a mess of numerous vehicles in Glenwood Springs early last week, mostly in attempts to steal stereos.Not all those attempts were successful. Police chief Terry Wilson said that in some cases, burglars damaged stereos but didn’t take them.”I’d say they aren’t really good at it, given that they smashed the window out of a car that was totally unlocked,” he said.Most of the break-ins were reported Tuesday, which suggests they occurred the previous night. Wilson said the volume of activity that night suggests more than one perpetrator was involved.The criminals crossed much of the city in their efforts. They hit two vehicles at Valley View West apartments, and two on Old Lodge Road. Single break-ins or attempted break-ins were reported at Holiday Inn, the 2600 block of Blake Avenue, the 3300 block of Grand Avenue, Oakhurst Court, the Church of Christ parking lot on Soccerfield Road, Hager Lane, and the 51000 block of Highway 6.”It was literally one end of town to the other,” Wilson said.Also, a vehicle was stolen Monday night from the parking lot of a motel on West Sixth Street.He said that in many cases, the break-ins cost more in damage to vehicles than the loss of stereo equipment. The burglars also stole a coat from one car. Katie Rust, secretary at Elmer Glass in Glenwood Springs, said the business was pretty busy during the week repairing broken car windows. For that matter, she said, Elmer Glass has seen an upswing in business related to vehicle break-ins over the last few months, probably amounting to a dozen to two dozen repair jobs.Wilson said that besides locking their cars, motorists can further deter would-be burglars by not leaving CDs inside, and by removing stereo faceplates provided on some car systems as an anti-theft device. The stereos don’t work without the faceplates.In the meantime, Wilson said police are hoping for a break in the recent burglaries, and would appreciate hearing about it if anyone is approached by someone offering a suspicious deal on a used car stereo.Police can be reached at 384-6500.
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