A Downhill Drive business was burglarized for the fourth time in three years when someone used a stolen Jeep to break through the front door.
Late Thursday night or early Friday morning, someone stole a 2001 white Jeep Wrangler and used it to force open the door of the Rain Drop Water building, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Nick Bosick said. An undetermined amount of coins were taken from the building, which sustained $1,400 to $1,500 in damage during the break-in.
The recent burglary was very similar to others that have happened in the past three years.
Bosick said the damage to the building was worth far more than the coins the culprits took from coin dispensers.
At about 7:30 a.m. Friday, the burglary was reported. About an hour later, someone reported a Jeep stolen from the 800 block of Weiss Drive.
The police later found the Jeep, with little damage, in Hayden, parked near the old bowling alley.
The police were able to connect the stolen Jeep to the burglary by matching its rear license plate to a front license plate that was left near the damaged door at Rain Drop Water.
The last burglary at Rain Drop occurred in January 2004, when thousands of dollars of damage was done to the building and $50 in quarters was taken. At that time, the owners offered a $2,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest involving the three burglaries.
The reward was in addition to the $1,000 reward offered in the Crime Stoppers program.
Police Sgt. Dale Coyner said no one came forward with information about those crimes and that no one was arrested. Police continue to investigate and urge anyone with information to contact the police department.
In the January 2004 break-in, a vehicle slammed into the front of the building, knocking down the entire front wall and causing $2,500 to $3,000 in damage. The impact of the vehicle caused quarters from a coin dispenser on the other side of the wall to spill.
The building was burglarized previously in January 2003, when locks were cut and doors were broken to get to the business's quarter machine. In that break-in, $700 in quarters was taken from the machine.
The first break-in was in April 2002, when the west window of the building was pried open and $1,000 in quarters sitting in orange juice containers was taken.
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