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Rash of burglaries has Glenwood Police concerned

John Gardner
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – A recent rash of burglaries has Glenwood Police Chief Terry Wilson concerned and asking residents to be on the lookout for anything suspicious.

Glenwood Springs Police have responded to 20 burglaries in the past two months.

“It appears that we have a couple different groups that are roaming and prowling,” Wilson said.

The recent rash of burglaries began with two residential break-ins on April 24. Since then, six more residences and 12 businesses have been burglarized.

Most of the burglaries didn’t yield more than a “few hundred” dollars in value, Wilson said.

Burglaries have been scattered around town, with homes being hit from the West Glenwood area to the Highland Park area southeast of downtown. The most recent being in the Oasis subdivision north of the Land Rover Dealership on 6th Street.

Eight of the burglaries have happened since June 3. Police did happen to arrested one suspect involved in one, if not more, of the burglaries. However, Wilson is positive that more suspects are out there.

Police arrested Steven Morgan, 21, of Glenwood Springs about 1 a.m. on June 8 after police found a broken window at the Glenwood Elks Lodge, and Morgan inside.

“We had hoped that that arrest would end out little string of burglaries,” he said. “However, that was on (June) 8, and we’ve since had burglaries on June 13 and 15, as well.”

Other businesses that have been burglarized recently include Peking Gardens, Chomps Deli, Big O Tires, Big Sid’s Liquors, Big John’s Lumber, Expresso drive up coffee shop on Grand Avenue, and Gentle Friends Veterinary Hospital.

Wilson said that while most of the businesses were targeted for money, most of the residential burglaries seemed to be “fairly specific” in targeting prescription medications, making the perpetrators more difficult to catch.

“If they are very specific and targeted like that, they don’t spend a lot of time digging and poking around,” he said. “They don’t make a lot of noise. They break in, check one or two spots and leave.”

There have been similar strings of burglaries in the past five to six years where people were breaking in and taking prescription medications, Wilson said. What Wilson found strange about this recent string of burglaries is that they’ve happened in the afternoon or early evening hours.

“They were all empty homes at that time, so we’re not sure, but it could be a possibility that someone is staking out the places, watching to see if people leave,” Wilson said.

Wilson added that this string of recent burglaries was odd in that both residences and businesses were being targeted, leading police to believe that multiple groups are responsible.

“We’ve had a string of occurrences, we don’t know how many bandits are out doing this but do think there is more than one person and more than one group,” he said.

He reminded residents to be on the lookout for any suspicious activity or anything out of the ordinary, and contact the police immediately.

“People need to practice really good home security measures,” Wilson said. “Neighbors need to communicate and let each other know about suspicious vehicles or people in their area.”

He also encourages people to take precautions when leaving town like stopping the mail and newspaper deliveries, and to have someone check on your home while you are gone.


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