Vehicles at trailheads broken into

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A few hunters received a rude shock when they returned to their vehicles Sunday afternoon and found they had been burglarized.

Four vehicles parked at the 1188 Trailhead along Seedhouse Road and four vehicles parked at the Mad Creek Trailhead had their windows smashed and items taken, Routt County sheriff's Deputy Michael Curzone said.

The vehicles were left there overnight Saturday through Sunday, Curzone said, and were mainly owned by hunters.

Curzone said it looked as though the perpetrator mainly smashed in the windows and grabbed only the items that were in reach. The door on an old truck was opened, and Curzone said he suspected the perpetrator did not want to set off any alarms.

Clothes, cell phones, palm pilots, food and backpacks were taken from the vehicles. Some vehicles parked at the trailheads were not broken into that night. Curzone said the perpetrator broke into cars only if items were visible.

The sheriff's office believes the crime occurred between Saturday night and Sunday morning.

The sheriff's office heard about the break-ins from a hunter who returned to his vehicle parked near the Seedhouse Trailhead on Sunday and from a person passing by the Mad Creek Trailhead.

Curzone said the sheriff's office has not determined how many people were involved in the crime, and the incident is under investigation. On Oct. 27, another vehicle reportedly was broken into at the Mad Creek Trailhead.

Sheriff John Warner said these were crimes of opportunity. Belongings openly displayed in vehicles increase the risk of theft, Warner said.

The sheriff's office will increase its patrol of the trailhead areas over the next four to six weeks, Curzone said.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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