Rash of attempted burglaries occurring in town

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— One successful burglary and two other attempts earlier this week have authorities cautioning residents and businesses to take extra precaution.

Steamboat Springs police are reminding residents to lock up their homes and cars to protect personal belongings as they continue to investigate these incidents.

The three cases, which all occurred in downtown Steamboat Springs, are happening at the time of year when police see this type of activity increase.

When the ski season ends, thefts and burglaries happen all too often, Steamboat Springs Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

"It happens every year," he said. "What happened earlier this week is fairly typical. A lot of people are leaving town."

Police suspect the three cases are connected and are working on some possible leads.

All of the incidents were reported Tuesday.

That morning, police received a report that a door to GEEKSgarage, 730 Lincoln Ave., had been vandalized.

Fiebing said the door was damaged because an attempt was made to force it open. Because the door was not forced open, Fiebing said this negated a burglary.

Later in the morning, police were notified checks and an undisclosed amount of cash were stolen from Vertical Grip, 1479 Lincoln Ave.

Entry was gained into the business by breaking a window, Fiebing said.

On Tuesday afternoon, authorities were notified a window at the Cottonwood Grill, 701 Yampa Ave., had been damaged.

Fiebing said a chair was used in an attempt to break the double-paned window, which prevented access into the restaurant.

"These three incidents happened in a short period of time," Fiebing said. "We do believe they are connected."

Fiebing said residents should make sure they lock their homes and cars.

"People here can be fairly lax," he said of locking cars and homes. "When this happens, they are ripe for getting ripped off."

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