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Five midvalley trailers burglarized in 6 weeks

BASALT – Two midvalley trailers were burglarized June 24, boosting the total residences hit in mobile home parks to five in the last 1 1/2 months, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

All the burglarized residences have been in the El Jebel Mobile Home Park and the Aspen-Basalt Mobile Home Park, which is located in Eagle County between the east and west sections of Basalt.

In all cases, the burglaries occurred during weekday work hours, said Eagle County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Shannon Cordingly. The occupants were gone in each incident, she said. It is unknown if the burglar cased the places or if it was happenstance that no one was home at the time, Cordingly added.

In most cases the trailers were located in cul-de-sacs, she said, and in all cases they were unlocked. Sheriff Joseph Hoy is advising midvalley residents to lock the doors of their homes when practical. Cordingly said it is always a good idea to lock vehicles at all times since they are frequently targeted by thieves.

The suspect in the burglaries was described to investigators as a Hispanic male in his 30s. He was seen driving a gold sedan with “very dark tinted windows,” the sheriff’s office said. The suspect was seen by one of the victims who had taken a child to school on Thursday, May 13, according to Cordingly. The gold sedan was in the driveway when the victim departed, but the victim didn’t think anything of it. The residence had been burglarized by the time the victim returned, Cordingly said.

The burglary victims reported cash, jewelry, computers and electronics stolen. Following is a summary of the burglaries, according to reports by the sheriff’s office:

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The first burglary happened on Tuesday, April 27, when valuables worth an estimated $2,880 were taken.

A burglary on Thursday, May 13, yielded about $5,000.

A residence was hit on Monday, May 17, and about $3,100 in cash and valuables was stolen.

The two burglaries on Thursday, June 24, resulted in reported losses of $3,200 and $1,350.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office at (970) 328-8500 or Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, submit your tip online at http://www.tipsubmit.com, or text a tip from your cell phone by texting STOPCRIME plus your message to CRIMES (274637). If a tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, the tipster could earn up to a $1,000 reward from Crime Stoppers.

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