Aspen thefts target financial info
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” Several Aspen residents were the victims of potential identity thefts early Sunday after unknown suspects removed financial information from mailboxes and broke into vehicles in the neighborhood near Koch Lumber Park.
Aspen Police Sgt. Chip Seamans said between 3 a.m. and 5 p.m., the suspect or suspects opened several pieces of mail containing financial information taken out of about a half-dozen mailboxes and left the empty envelopes on the ground.
“It wasn’t very sophisticated,” Seamans said, suggesting that financial information alone won’t lend to stealing a person’s identity. “Without a Social Security number, it’s not very productive, but you never know.”
Personal information also was taken out of several vehicles and in one instance, the suspects took someone’s checkbook. The thefts occurred on East Cooper and East Hyman avenues.
There were no witnesses to the thefts. The first report of a theft came from a victim at about 5:30 a.m., Seamans said.
He cautioned residents to lock their cars and review information on how to protect themselves from identity theft, which the police department provides.
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A recent survey of Aspen residents shows that people are happy here, feel safe but are financially insecure.