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Vehicles target in spate of thefts

Aspen Times Staff Report

Several trusting individuals found gaping holes instead of car stereos in their dashboards Tuesday morning after a rash of thefts from vehicles in the Midland Park area, according to Aspen police.

As many as half a dozen vehicles on Midland Park and Park Circle were rifled through in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, according to police Sgt. Leon Murray.

“I don’t believe any of the cars were actually broken into – none of the items were secured in locked vehicles,” he said.

In fact, apparently three of the vehicles were left unlocked with the keys in the ignition, Murray said. “I’ve got a set of keys in my hand – I don’t know who they belong to. The owner might not even know they were victimized yet,” he said yesterday afternoon.

One vehicle was actually moved during the spree – an act police define as vehicle theft. It was found a short distance from where it had been parked by its owner.

Police were called to Midland Park early Tuesday after a resident in the east-side complex of local housing awoke to noise and reported what appeared to be a crime in progress.

The responding officer immediately noticed a variety of items – including two sets of keys – that had apparently been removed from vehicles and strewn about in the street.

“In the morning, we started receiving calls from people saying, `hey, my car stereo has been pried out of my dash,’ ” Murray said.

Stereo and computer equipment, cell phones and other valuables have been reported stolen. Police yesterday were still filling out reports and sorting through the loot that was tossed in the street.

Anyone who believes items were stolen from their vehicle should contact the police department, Murray said.

And, urged Murray, folks should lock their car doors.

“We like to say, if you love it, lock it.”

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