Steamboat Springs 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.