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Burglars break into five Breckenridge businesses

Special to the DailyWhile investigating one of the burglary scenes in Breckenridge, officers learned that the burglar had cut the padlock with a unique set of bolt cutters, and the bolt cutters had been left behind.

BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge police investigators are seeking information in connection with five burglaries that took place Monday night.

According to police reports, officers were on routine patrol in the 400 block of South Main Street when they noticed damage to the door into the Breckenridge Hat Company.

Officers searched the store and the area, but were unable to find any suspects. However, they found the cash register in the store had been forced open and some of the cash removed.

While gathering evidence, officers also discovered an open window at a nearby business, Cool River Cafe. Again, they found damage to the cash register and a coin box in the business. Business owners said cash had been taken from both.

Later, they were dispatched to Crepes a la Cart, in the 300 block of South Main Street, where someone had broken into an empty coin box.

Then, representatives at Belick Laundry at 11072 Highway 9, north of County Road 450, called to say two mountain bikes and a Browning hunting rifle had been taken from their business that evening.

And later, they were dispatched to A Racer’s Edge at 114 N. Main St., where employees reported that a variety of demo skis had been stolen from a trailer. While investigating that scene, officers learned that the burglar had cut the padlock off the trailer with a unique set of bolt cutters – and left the bolt cutters behind.

“It’s interesting that they left them there,” said officer Ted Schnack, who is leading the initial investigation on the case. “I think they forgot them.”

The bolt cutters are old, with crumbling rubber handles and a jury-rigged baling-wire repair to the jaws.

Although the police department has no suspects in the case, Schnack theorizes that a group of teens might have dropped off several teens at one end of town and then headed to the other end.

“It was weird that there were three (businesses) popped door to door to door, right in a row, and then two at the other end of town,” he said. “It was like, “See you in an hour dudes; see what you can get.'”

Schnack also hopes someone will recognize the bolt cutters – or see some of the stolen goods and remember hearing about the burglaries.

Officers encourage business owners to secure their valuable merchandise and avoid leaving cash in drawers, cash registers and coin boxes.

Heavy safes bolted to the floor are better options to secure money and valuables. Merchants are also advised to leave some lights on in the business overnight and ensure windows and doors are properly secured at closing.

Merchants who want information about protecting their businesses can call the police department at (970) 453-2941.

Police encourage anyone with information about these burglaries to call Summit County Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Summit County Crime Stoppers pays up to $1,000 to callers who help solve crimes in Summit County. People who call the Crime Stoppers number may remain anonymous.

Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or jstebbins@summitdaily.com.

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