Thieves target Aspen cars
December 7, 2008
ASPEN ” Lock your cars, doors, windows and everything in between because crimes of opportunity are alive and well in Aspen.
Two cars were broken into over the weekend, and one car was stolen. All of them had either their keys in the car, or the doors were unlocked, said Aspen Police officer Leon Murray.
On Friday night, a resident on Riverside Drive had $600 in cash and a checkbook stolen out of her unlocked car parked in her driveway. That same night, a few blocks away, a homeowner on Dale Street witnessed a man stealing a coat out of his car.
The suspect ran away before the resident could see him, Murray said.
Also on Friday night, an Aspen Skiing Co. employee had his vehicle stolen at the base of the 1A chairlift. He was inside a Skico building while he let his car warm up. When he came outside, it was gone.
Police recovered it about 20 minutes later in the 100 block of North Fifth Street, Murray said.
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About a month ago, a car was stolen outside of a lodge on the east side of town. It was found days later in Minot, N.D.
“In all of these situations, the keys were in the car or the door was unlocked,” Murray said. “Insurance companies don’t like police reports that show the doors were unlocked. If you love it, lock it.”