Thefts strike three stores

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Backcountry Provisions was burglarized for a third time in less than a month, this time with $60 in coins and more than $150 in deli goods stolen.

Backcountry Provisions, 635 Lincoln Ave., was one of three downtown businesses burglarized between Sunday night and Monday morning, Steamboat Springs Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

Between $300 and $400 was taken from Backdoor Sports, 841 Yampa St., and $5 in quarters was taken from Paisano's at 24 Fifth St. on the same evening, Rae said.

At about 7 a.m. Monday, the owners of Backcountry Provisions reported that $60 in coins was taken from the business. Six pounds of liverwurst, nine pounds of Swiss cheese, 16 pounds of roast beef and a loaf of sourdough bread were taken, Rae said.

An $800 pair of K2 skis, which belonged to the owner and was displayed for sale in the deli's entryway, also was stolen.

In all three burglaries at Backcountry Provisions, there were no signs of forced entry, Rae said. The locks had been changed since the second burglary. The first break-in happened Sept. 5, when more than $300 in cash was stolen.

A second break-in happened Sept. 20. About $250 of cash was taken from the cash register, and nine pounds of turkey, 10 pounds of ham, two packages of sausage jerky, a five-pound loaf of mozzarella cheese and a five-pound loaf of Munster cheese were stolen.

The police department continues to investigate the burglaries, Rae said.

"We think all three (Backcountry) burglaries are related and probably tied to the same individual," Rae said.

Backdoor Sports and Paisano's also have been victims of repeated burglaries. In the past year, Backdoor Sports was broken into, and merchandise and money was taken. The police arrested a suspect in the previous burglary, Rae said. The suspect was a juvenile, and the Backdoor Sports burglary was lumped with other cases. Officials in the District Attorney's Office decided not to go forward with prosecution in the case, Rae said.

This summer, Paisano's was burglarized when a small amount of cash and 200 CDs were stolen.

In the Paisano's and Backdoor Sports cases, windows in the back of the buildings were broken to gain entry into the buildings. The Paisano's window was 2 feet by 2 feet and will cost about $125 to replace.

Police suspect the Backdoor Sports and Paisano's burglaries are linked because of the proximity of the businesses and the time the burglaries occurred.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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