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String of Basalt thefts targets unlocked cars

Staff report

Basalt police are urging residents to lock their car doors after a recent smattering of thefts from unlocked vehicles.

There have been 17 reports of unlawful entries over the past two months, according to Sgt. Stu Curry. Other incidents probably have gone unreported or unnoticed, he said. An Eagle County sheriff’s deputy told him that there have been about six unlawful entries recently of cars in El Jebel, he said.

The Basalt thefts have taken place primarily in the Riverside Drive and Southside neighborhoods as well as on Sopris and Homestead drives in the Hill District.

The most expensive item that was stolen was a MacBook laptop computer, Curry said. A few iPods were nabbed along with sunglasses, cash and loose change. The thief or thieves appear to be rifling through center consoles to see what they can find, he said.

Most of the vehicles that were unlawfully entered were parked on streets and just a few were in driveways, Curry said. The thefts have been at night.

Basalt police have increased the number of foot patrols in the evening and at night in the targeted neighborhoods, Curry said. Officers also have visited with 91 homeowners to tell them what was happening, seek leads and urge people to lock their doors, according to Curry.

The key to stopping the thefts is to get people to lock their car doors, he stressed.

Anyone with information about the unlawful entries should contact the Basalt Police Department at 970-927-4316.