Hayden, Steamboat businesses burglarized

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— Four Hayden and Steamboat Springs businesses were broken into early Wednesday morning, and police say as much as $1,000 was stolen.

Hayden Police Chief Ray Birch said someone broke into Yampa Valley Feed on Lincoln Avenue and Custom Cuts on W. Jefferson Avenue and stole cash from both businesses. The front door to Wolf Mountain Pizza on W. Jefferson Avenue also was damaged, but it doesn't appear as if anyone entered the business, Birch said.

Birch would not release the specific amount of money that was stolen from the two business. He did, however, say the amount exceeded $500, which makes it felony theft.

Birch said a newspaper delivery person called police at about 5 a.m. Wednesday after he or she noticed the door to Yampa Valley Feed was ajar.

"That got us rolling on the other two," Birch said. "They're all related."

Steamboat Springs police Officer Doug Scherar said two Steamboat Springs businesses also were broken into Wednesday morning. Police aren't ruling out that the Hayden and Steamboat incidents are related.

"At this point, it sounds like they could be related, but that's not confirmed," he said.

Mountain Hair Studio and Northwest Graphics were broken into forcefully, Scherar said.

Someone took about $10 from Mountain Hair Studio and about $450 from Northwest Graphics, he said.

Birch said the police department is continuing its investigation and is looking for information from the community.

"If anyone has any information in regards to these incidents, we would very much appreciate that information," he said.

Call the Hayden Police Department at 276-3741 or the Steamboat Springs Police Department at 879-4344.

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