Steamboat briefs for Sept. 26

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Unlocked cars targeted in weekend thefts

Hundreds of dollars worth of electronic equipment and other items were stolen from at least eight unlocked cars last weekend.

Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said the cars were parked in the downtown Steamboat Springs area at the time of the thefts. The reported thefts began "late last week" and continued through Sunday, he said.

An iPod, CDs and a purse were some of the things taken from the cars, he said.

Police have a suspect, Rae said.

He urged residents to lock their homes and car doors to prevent such thefts.

"Locking your car door is the single most effective thing you can do to prevent becoming a victim," he said Tuesday. "Don't leave personal items in plain view, either."

Residents with information about the thefts are asked to call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 870-6226.

Mainstreet Steamboat offers shopping service

The Economic Restructuring Committee of Mainstreet Steamboat Springs is offering its members a free mystery shopping service designed to provide an outsider's impression of their business. The goal is to improve customer service and stay competitive.

The Economic Restructuring Committee is looking for a few members to help design the program as well as members who are interested in having their businesses shopped. All participants will be offered a pre-meeting visit to personalize the shop to their business, a written report, and a one-on-one recap of the customer experience, including perceptions of the exterior and interior of the business. All information will be confidential and provided only to the business owner.

For more information or to express your interest, call or e-mail Kim Dye at 879-6948 or kimdye@frii.com.

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