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Rash of car break-ins hits Glenwood Springs, Carbondale

Heather McGregor
Post Independent Editor
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Police say thieves have broken into at least 17 vehicles in the south end of town on the past two nights. Among the items stolen were a rifle, a shotgun and a handgun.

A similar rash of break-ins believed to be related also has occurred in Carbondale, and included the theft of two rifles and two shotguns from a vehicle in the early hours of Wednesday.

“I can’t emphasize how much we wish no one would leave a gun in their car,” said Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.

“The idea that people who are willing to break into a vehicle are also armed, that’s extremely alarming,” said Carbondale Police Sgt. Chris Wurtsmith. “We’d be very anxious for any assistance the public could provide us in solving these cases and getting those weapons, and any other stolen items, back.”

The Glenwood Springs break-ins were first reported Monday morning, when residents of Glenwood Park, the neighborhood just north of Sopris Elementary School, reported 12 vehicles burglarized, Wilson said. In cases where the vehicles were locked, a window was broken for the thieves to gain entry.

“It was smash, grab and go,” Wilson said.

“A variety of items were stolen, including a 30-30 carbine rifle and a .44 Magnum Ruger handgun taken from one vehicle,” he said.

Break-ins of at least five vehicles then occurred on Monday night in the Hagar Lane neighborhood, which is just of South Midland Avenue near the 27th Street roundabout.

One of the items taken was a shotgun, Wilson said.

“In that case, someone heard a car alarm go off about 2 a.m., so we think it may have happened at that time. But the person told us they didn’t see anything, so they went back to bed,” he said.

“We now we have a group of very well-armed thieves,” the chief noted.

At this point, police in both communities want to raise awareness of suspicious nighttime activity, and are asking residents to call police immediately if they see or hear anything unusual.

Wilson also advised all residents to not leave valuables in their vehicles.

If anyone has information regarding the recent break-ins or sees suspicious new activity, they are asked to call Glenwood Springs police at 384-6500, call 911 or visit the police department website: http://www.glenwoodpolice.com, click on “Contact Us” and then click on the envelope image in the upper left corner to compose a message, which can be sent anonymously.

Information can also be given anonymously through Garfield County Crimestoppers at 945-0101.


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