Homes in Ptarmigan burglarized |

Homes in Ptarmigan burglarized

NICOLE FORMOSAsummit daily news

SUMMIT COUNTY – Danette Lande wasn’t particularly concerned when she returned to her Ptarmigan Mountain area home Monday afternoon and noticed some items had been disheveled.”I was gone just for about an hour-and-a-half. When I came home, a bunch of doors were open, cabinets, the medicine cabinet. I thought my husband was just home and left a huge trail of every place he had possibly been,” Lande said.She saw that $15 was missing from her purse, but figured her husband borrowed the money.Later that night, her neighbors called to say they’d been burglarized, and Lande realized her home had been hit, too.”I asked my husband: You took the cash out of my purse, that was you, right? And he said, ‘No, I wasn’t home.'”A total of five homes in the Ptarmigan area were burglarized Monday, at least two of which weren’t locked.The target appeared to be cash and smaller items – $1,500 was taken from an unlocked fire box in a bedroom closet of one home, while a new iPod and $20 was stolen from another, according to reports from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office.The suspect left behind many larger valuable items, such as televisions, computers and cameras, the reports said.Although deputies’ reports indicate the culprit may have been one person on foot, Sheriff’s Capt. Joe Wray said nothing can be ruled out until a thorough investigation is done.Wray reminded citizens that even though Summit County is a small community with relatively little crime compared to urban areas, taking precautions such as locking house and car doors is important.”We sometimes – in this environment – we take a more carefree attitude that because it is a resort environment, these things don’t happen … yet we see here where it does,” Wray said.Lande, who’s lived in her neighborhood since 1988, said she will change her ways.”I think it’s a safe area here. I think it’s probably some young kid looking for money. I’m not scared, afraid, but I’ll lock the doors. It’s certainly an uneasy feeling, but Summit County is a great place to live,” Lande said.Nicole Formosa can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 13625, or at

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