Store owner has bad start to ’05 |

Store owner has bad start to ’05

Dennis Davis had three nice days in 2005 before things turned sour. Davis, owner of Mountain Powersports south of Glenwood Springs, and his employees took Saturday, Sunday, and Monday off to start the year, then returned to work Tuesday to find the lock on the front gate cut and a three-spot snowmobile trailer missing. From there, things kept getting worse. “We showed up yesterday and started discovering (missing) stuff,” Davis said, including a 16-foot trailer and three of the shop’s snowmobiles.Then on Wednesday: “We just discovered half an hour ago we had a customer (snowmobile) missing,” he said. In all a 16-foot trailer and four Polaris snowmobiles were stolen, ranging in price from $8,000 to $11,000. The total loss was more than $45,000, said Davis. The thieves knew what they were after and took the four most expensive machines on Mountain Powersports’ lot, Davis said. Davis believes the trailer was used in the theft, and that although it was designed to only hold three snowmobiles, a fourth could have hung off the back or been put in the bed of a pick-up.Davis also believes that more than one thief participated, since each 500-pound snowmobile would have had to have been lifted onto the trailer. The Garfield County Sheriff deputies took a report of the theft but the chances they’ll recover the machines are slim, Davis said. Attempts to reach the sheriff’s office were unsuccessful.Snowmobiles are not titled vehicles in Colorado, he said, which means officials don’t check VIN numbers on the machines. “The only time they ever catch a stolen one is if someone buys it and they give the (Colorado) State Parks the real VIN number,” he said. Unfortunately, Davis knows. Last summer a thief stole an ATV off his lot. The machine would never have been recovered had the person who bought it from a man on a street corner not brought it back to Davis’ shop for service. The robbery at Mountain Powersports, located on Highway 82 near the Colorado Mountain College turnoff, is the latest in a rash of burglaries in the Glenwood Springs area. On Nov. 8, Diversion snowboard shop in Glenwood Springs was burglarized. Then on Dec. 18, Glenwood Springs police arrested Jeremy Beach and Draper Horton, after they allegedly broke into Glenwood Sewing Center and the adjacent Finders Keepers store. One week later, Glenwood Springs police arrested Aaron Harbour and Gregory Sebulsky on second-degree burglary and theft charges after they allegedly broke in to the Coca-Cola distributor on Devereux Road. Though the burglary at Mountain Powersports occurred in unicorporated Garfield County and the Sheriff’s Department responded, the number of burglaries in Glenwood Springs is not alarmingly high. “(Burglaries) kind of run in little groupings,” said Glenwood Springs Police chief Terry Wilson after the burglary at Coca-Cola.There have probably been more burglaries in the past year than there has been in recent years, but “if you looked a 10-year average we’re probably about average,” he said. Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext.

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