Downtown cafe burglarized

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A Steamboat Springs cafe was burglarized sometime Thursday night or Friday morning, less than two weeks after another deli was burglarized.

Macaroni salad and shrimp salad, along with $13 from the cash register, were stolen from the City Cafe, which is in Centennial Hall on 10th Street, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

A nearby office building at 141 Ninth St. also was burglarized, with a set of silverware taken.

It is the third time the City Cafe has been burglarized in the past few months. The first time, a computer monitor was stolen, and the second time, food was taken, Rae said.

The burglar entered the second story of Centennial Hall through a window that police suspect the person was able to access from a nearby trash bin, Rae said.

The burglar then left the building through a side door. A bowl of shrimp salad was found dropped in the alley.

The burglary was reported this morning, but Rae suspected it happened sometime the night before and could have occurred at about 10:30 p.m.

The burglar used a window to enter a common area in the law offices on Ninth Street, Rae said. The burglar went into different offices inside the building and rifled through drawers, Rae said. The only thing found missing was a set of silverware.

Because of the time and proximity of the burglaries, Rae suspected the two are connected. The police have suspects in the burglaries and think they could be connected to other eatery burglaries in the past two months, he said.

"We do have leads that we are looking into. It is something we take very seriously, something we just keep working on," Rae said.

Between the night of Sept. 26 and the morning of Sept. 27, three downtown businesses were burglarized. Backcountry Provisions had $60 in coins and more than $150 in deli goods stolen. Between $300 and $400 were taken from Backdoor Sports, 841 Yampa Ave., and $5 in quarters was taken from Paisano's, 24 Fifth St., on the same evening, Rae said.

It was the third time that Backcountry Provisions, 635 Lincoln Ave., was burglarized in less than a month.

The first break-in occurred Sept. 5, when more than $300 in cash was stolen.

A second break-in happened Sept. 20, when about $250 in cash was taken from the cash register, along with 9 pounds of turkey, 10 pounds of ham, two packages of sausage jerky, a 5-pound loaf of mozzarella cheese and a 5-pound loaf of Munster cheese.

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