Sheriff's Office investigating rash of thefts near Steamboat Springs

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— The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating two burglaries and an apparent related theft that occurred Tuesday just north of Steamboat Springs.

Undersheriff Ray Birch said the theft occurred at Strawberry Park Hot Springs sometime between 4:15 and 5:15 p.m. Denver residents visiting the hot springs discovered two backpacks containing electronics had been stolen from their unlocked car.

Two burglaries occurred the same day at two nearby homes sometime between 1 and 6 p.m. In both cases, the burglar entered the homes through the front doors, which were unlocked.

After interviewing neighbors, Birch said they believe the burglar knocked on the doors of homes in the area, and if nobody answered, the burglar would open the unlocked doors and burglarize the home. If the burglar knocked and the resident came to the door, the burglar would ask for directions or say they were looking for a friend in the area, Birch said.

Birch said they have a description of a suspect, but they did not want to release details because of the ongoing investigation.

Cash, a handgun and electronics were taken from a home at 43370 Routt County Road 36. A half mile away, electronics and cash were stolen from a home at 43665 C.R. 36.

Birch said it is possible other burglaries could have occurred, but they have not been discovered or reported yet.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Tom Munden at 970-870-5503. People can also call Routt County Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226. Callers can remain anonymous.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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