Steamboat briefs: At least 15 cars damaged in spree Saturday night

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— Steamboat Springs Police Department officers are investigating thousands of dollars worth of damage that happened Saturday night to at least 15 cars.

Capt. Joel Rae said numerous cars were damaged "from the 400 block of Tamarack (Drive) down to the parking lot behind the Hilltop Sinclair (gas station) and into Fish Creek" Mobile Home Park, in a rash of crimes that appear to be related.

Rae said the vandals ripped front and rear windshield wipers off of cars and broke at least one car window.

Sgt. Dale Coyner said several vehicles also were rummaged through but that it does not appear that anything was taken from the vehicles.

Several cars also were opened and rummaged through Monday night in the 400 block of Pine Street. It is not immediately clear whether the incidents are related.

Highway cleanup day to be held Saturday morning

Routt County is sponsoring its third annual highway cleanup day Saturday. Volunteers can register between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. in front of the historic Routt County Courthouse in downtown Steamboat Springs.

The cleanup is from 8:30 a.m. to noon and will be followed by a free barbecue at Howelsen Hill.

Routt County Senior Environmental Health Specialist Heather Savalox said about 100 people already have signed up, an increase from a total of about 40 volunteers last year.

"We're taking people right up until the last minute," Savalox said.

Volunteers are advised to wear sturdy shoes and long pants and to take a backpack, water bottles, sunscreen, work gloves and pick-up sticks, if they have them. The county will provide safety vests and trash bags.

For more information or to volunteer, call the Routt County Department of Environmental Health at 970-870-5588.

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