Car burglaries pick up in Silverthorne, near Copper |

Car burglaries pick up in Silverthorne, near Copper

Caddie Nath
Summit Daily News

Authorities have no leads in a string of car burglaries that began last week in Wildernest and at the Officer’s Gulch trailhead.

Three break-ins to unlocked cars were reported last week. A purse was stolen from one vehicle and more than $7,000 in camera equipment was reported missing from another.

The burglaries began Sept. 23 at the Officer’s Gulch trailhead near Copper Mountain and continued in the Wildernest area in Silverthorne Sunday and Monday. In one of the Wildernest break-ins, the would-be thief rifled through the owner’s things inside the car, but didn’t appear to have taken anything.

The three break-ins could be related, Summit County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy LeClair said, but without any leads or suspects authorities can’t say for sure.

“It’s possible,” LeClair said. “We don’t have anything that would indicate one way or the other, other than that the two (break-ins) happened in the same basic area.”

Car burglaries and break-ins happen year round in Summit County, and authorities urged people to keep both homes and vehicles locked at all times to avoid becoming victims.

“It’s just a good reminder to everybody,” LeClair said. “(There are) fairly simple things we can do to keep it from happening. ”

Authorities urged the public to be vigilant of property and not to leave anything of value in plain sight or even hidden inside a vehicle. Any valuable items left inside cars should be locked in the trunk, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Anyone who witnesses suspicious behavior is asked to report it to law enforcement immediately, the statement said.

Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-866-453-STOP. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 to tipsters who provide information that helps solve a crime.

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