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Burglar targets Snowmass businesses

Daniel Boccia
Snowmass Village correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

SNOWMASS VILLAGE ” Police are investigating a possible link between a string of recent burglaries, including last weekend’s break-in at Christy Sports on the Snowmass Village mall.

Similarities in the burglaries have led police to believe the incidents may be related, said Police Chief Art Smythe.

“We think it’s possible that they’re related. There’s the same type of entry and the same type of items taken,” Smythe said. “We’re asking businesses and members of the community to report any suspicious activity, especially late at night, and make your businesses as secure as possible.”

Police will be enhancing their patrols, he added.

Last weekend, sometime between 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2:30 a.m. on Sunday, a person or persons broke into Christy Sports and removed a small amount of cash from the register. Following a pattern of early burglaries, the perpetrator entered through a window, and likely exited through a door later discovered to be unlocked by an officer on patrol in the early morning hours on Sunday.

The first in the rash of burglaries occurred the night of May 19, when someone pried open a window at the Chaffin Light Real Estate offices on the mall. Two digital cameras were stolen, along with two computer monitors and a flatscreen TV.

Then, on the night of May 27, someone broke into an office building near Two Creeks, entering through a window. The office building is shared by several businesses, two of which reported items taken. An Apple computer was stolen from a home management company, and two computer monitors were taken from a law office.

On May 29, employees at Big Hoss Grille on the mall reported that someone had tried to pry open two windows on the rear, north-facing side of the building. The attempts were unsuccessful.