Car thieves hit mountain

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— Steamboat Springs police are investigating the theft of three cars as well as two additional attempted vehicle thefts reported Thursday near the Steamboat Ski Area.

A 1988 Jeep Cherokee was reported stolen from a parking lot at Yampa Valley Medical Center on Thursday afternoon, and two more vehicles were reported stolen from parking lots near the Steamboat Ski Area later that evening, Police Capt. Joel Rae said.

A 1995 Jeep Wrangler was reported stolen from the Upper Knoll parking lot, and a 1990 Plymouth Voyager was reported stolen from the Sheraton Steamboat Resort parking structure at Ski Time Square Drive and Mount Werner Circle.

Two other vehicle break-ins and attempted thefts were reported Thursday night from the Upper Knoll lot. It appears someone also tried to steal two Jeep Grand Cherokees, 1987 and 1989 models, resulting in damage to the vehicles' steering columns, Rae said.

Police think the thefts are connected because of the times and locations of the thefts and the similarities between the vehicles involved, Rae said.

The Jeep Wrangler missing from the Upper Knoll lot was recovered late Thursday at YVMC. Police think the person or persons responsible for the thefts left the Jeep Wrangler in the parking lot at the hospital when they took the Jeep Cherokee from the same location, Rae said.

The other two vehicles had not been recovered as of Friday afternoon.

Comments

Jason Miller 6 years, 3 months ago

With all the meth freaks and illegals in the 'boat im surprised there is not more crime then this.

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Dan Hill 6 years, 3 months ago

Perhaps instead of worrying about spending millions of dollars on boondoggles like the rec center the City ought to be spending more money on police. This sort of petty crime is growing, especially in peak tourist season, and the only effective way to combat it is to have a highly visible police presence so the lowlifes know they'll get caught.

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letomayo 6 years, 3 months ago

Maybe we could put cameras in every home and catch crooks before they start out. Seems that the answer to everything these days is cameras. Give me your address and I'll send you a copy of 1984.

Think how many crooks (pot smokers, wife beaters, child molesters, porn afficinados, and kiddy porn producers, meth labs) we could stop if there were only cameras in every household. Nice idea.

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id04sp 6 years, 3 months ago

Are the thieves hauling them away, or driving them?

My car is not all that nice, but it has a chip in the key so that the car cannot be started without it.

What are they stealing?

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Oscar 6 years, 3 months ago

Many surveys reveal that most people like to have cameras in public places. It seems to me that the only ones that don't like them are those that are up to no good and the far left liberals among us.

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thecondoguy1 6 years, 3 months ago

I am all for cameras in public, there was a day when enough people knew how to behave and they weren't nessessary, accidents in the Socialist Republic of Boulder have declined significantly since cameras were installed at red lights, it seems the same liberals who thought they were to important or busy and couldn't be bothered with stopping, didn't feel their fellow liberals were entitled to the same privledges. PS something is awful wrong when sombody steals a 1990 Plymouth Voyager, I would post a $ 10,000 reward to not have it returned........

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id04sp 6 years, 3 months ago

Okay, so I didn't read the article . . .

Yeah, they are stealing older cars. So, for what purpose?

Sell them for parts? No. Worthless for cars this old.

Resell them? Can't do that . . . VIN numbers, etc., won't let you get away with that kind of stuff.

Running drugs or providing transportation for illegals to come and go to the border? BINGO! Do what you need to do, and abandon the car. The CSP would be too busy looking for people who don't dim their lights to spot a tag number on these older cars.

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