Burglary nets $2,800 in store merchandise

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— Police are hoping physical evidence or a tip will help them in their investigation of last week's burglary of a retail store on Downhill Drive.

Thieves made off with $2,800 in merchandise from Go Ask Alice sometime Wednesday after closing.

Detective Ross Kelly said a person at a nearby business noticed the glass door at the store was broken Thursday morning and called police. A rock the size of a volleyball was found inside the shop amid broken glass.

Kelly advised businesses who use rocks as doorsteps to bring them inside when closing or find another way to keep the door open.

"It's pretty convenient," Kelly said. "The whole burglary lasts about a minute that way."

Kelly said the thieves were selective in what they stole, taking 37 glass pipes, 14 glass cigarette holders and other items from the smoking shop.

Police are waiting for results from physical evidence gathered at the scene, such as fingerprints and "a couple of other impressions that we were able to preserve," Kelly said.

Go Ask Alice has been in Steamboat for three years and just a few months at the Downhill Drive location.

The robbery at Go Ask Alice now joins a list of other local business burglaries being investigated by police.

The RSC rental shop was robbed of $10,000 in construction tools in November. Five local businesses were broken into on the same weekend in October, including the Tugboat and AWC Computers. Use It Again was robbed of $2,000 in merchandise in September after a front window was broken. No arrests have been made in those cases.

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