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Four businesses burglarized

John Colson

Four local businesses were broken into Sunday night, according to deputies with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, and officers said Monday that the methods used by the burglars seemed similar.

Two of the burglaries occurred at businesses located at the Aspen Airport Business Center just west of town, both at about the same time. The businesses were the Hanson Building (formerly the Aspen Skiing Company offices) and The Harvest Cafe.

The other two burglaries were at the offices of the Gallegos masonry company, in the Holland Hills business center near Basalt, and at the Colon Health Center in Basalt.

In all cases, according to Deputy George Kremer, the burglars apparently used prying tools of some kind to get in and seemed to be in search of cash.

At the Hanson Building, he said, an employee discovered the break-in at 6 a.m. Kremer said the exterior door was pried in, and six inside office doors on the third floor were “forcibly smashed in” and the offices ransacked.

He said the burglars got very little cash from any of the businesses, and in some cases got nothing at all. At the Hanson Building, he said, some items were stolen. But the exact nature of the items was not being released pending further investigation.

Kremer said that apart from the similarity in the type of tools used to break into the businesses, there was nothing to specifically link the four burglaries together.

Deputies will be interviewing some possible witnesses to the burglaries today, Kremer said, and fingerprints lifted from several of the businesses will be sent to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation for analysis.


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