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Breckenridge sees rash of burglaries, car break-ins

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BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge Police Department has responded to 20 residence and vehicle break-ins since August, which is more than double last year’s number in the same time-frame.

“It’s probably too simple to blame it on the economy,” police chief Rick Holman said, adding that in rough financial times, there’s a tendency for crimes against people as well as property to increase “because people are under more stress.”

Over the past three months, 10 residences have been burglarized and 10 vehicles have been entered with objects taken. In 2008, seven residences had been burglarized and one vehicle entered, according to BPD spokeswoman Kim Green.

The department is encouraging residents to take extra care making sure the doors to their cars and homes are locked, and to remove valuable items from sight.

Holman said the department is analyzing the recent criminal activity to determine if there are links or if multiple people are behind them.

Johanna Hirschboeck, who lives in the Warrior’s Mark neighborhood, said about $2,500 worth of ski and climbing gear and an iPod were stolen out of her vehicle Monday night.

She said the vehicle was parked near the street in a condominium complex, and only one neighbor is residing in the complex, so there weren’t likely any witnesses.

Earlier this month, Chad Blackman, 24, allegedly burglarized his neighbor’s home, attempting to steal $1,100 while the resident was asleep. The homeowner said he woke up to see Blackman exiting his closet.

When the homeowner noticed his money was missing from his wallet, Blackman gave it back to him, according to the police report.

The homeowner called the police and Blackman was charged with second-degree burglary and theft of $1,000 to $20,000, according to a BPD press release.

Some residents are “not contacting police until several hours later, making it difficult to locate any suspects,” according to the press release.

Folks who notice any strange activity around homes or vehicles in their neighborhoods are advised to call 911 immediately.

Summit County Crime Stoppers, at 1-866-453-STOP, pays up to a $1,000 cash reward for anonymous callers who help solve crime in the county.

Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or

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