Police response to theft insufficient
December 9, 2005
I have recently had quite a bad experience here in Summit County. I have lived here for nine years and have never had any problems with theft or vandalism – until now.Sometime between 7 p.m. on Nov. 30 and 7 a.m. on Dec. 1, my car was stolen from my condo parking lot in Wildernest. Upon noticing my car was not where I had left it, I exclaimed my demise to the first person I saw, which happened to be a neighbor who is a deputy for Summit County. I immediately called 911. Meanwhile, my neighbor called in the stolen vehicle as well.After reporting the theft, I was in contact with the deputy assigned to my case (different from my neighbor). I filled out the official report and was told it would take five days for the report to be filed and my stolen vehicle would be in the national database that same day.Throughout the next week, I left many messages for the deputy and asked him to call me back and give me any sort of update possible on my case. I never received a response.I called the sergeant on duty, since I had heard nothing back from the deputy. The sergeant first said to me, “I suppose you had your car running” (which I did not). I asked when an investigation would be taking place, and the sergeant said, “what makes you think we aren’t investigating?” (when we talked to our neighbors, it was the first time they had heard of the theft). The sheriff’s office never even asked where my car was parked in the lot; therefore, they don’t even know where the crime took place. Then I was told I should check out the car at the rest stop on Interstate 70 (which I had already checked out, since the deputy never got back to me regarding it previously). I was then told I should drive around Dillon Valley and the other Wildernest properties to look for my car (I thought that was their job), and without my car, how am I supposed to drive around anywhere?Basically, I was treated as if I was lying or not important because my Neon was stolen from Wildernest rather than a Lexus from a million-dollar home. I just wanted to report this to all of you Summit County residents and ask you to keep a look out for a red, 1998 Plymouth Neon with a lopsided passenger-side bumper (held up by a bungee cord); apparently thieves are not picky. I’d like to warn all of you to not get anything stolen in Summit County because if you do, you’ll be treated like a thief instead of the victim.