Thieves target unlocked vehicles in Breck |

Thieves target unlocked vehicles in Breck

BRECKENRIDGE – The Breckenridge Police Department is investigating reports of three stolen vehicles and three vehicles that were illegally entered over the weekend. The first victim reported his Dodge pickup missing from his driveway on Morning Star Lane and said the keys were left inside the truck. The vehicle was later found at the intersection of Morning Star and Gold Flake. The next theft occurred on Briar Rose Lane and has not been found. The vehicle was taken from the victim’s driveway and, again, the keys were left in the center console.The third vehicle was stolen from Main Street and was later found in Dillon by a deputy from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect, 23-year-old William Starcher, had a warrant out for his arrest for motor vehicle theft in Lubbock, Texas. Crystal Dean, administrative supervisor for the Breckenridge Police Department, said Starcher was an acquaintance of the victim and according to the sheriff’s report, Starcher said he took the vehicle to drive back to Texas to turn himself in.Dean said leaving the keys inside the car is all too common a mistake.”Ninety-five percent of the vehicle thefts I’ve seen since I’ve worked here have been cars with the keys left in the ignition,” Dean said.The police are also investigating three vehicles that were illegally entered sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning in Breck’s Wellington neighborhood.All of the vehicles were left unlocked and two were reportedly missing money.Dean said she can’t stress enough the importance of locking cars.Dean said currently, the department hasn’t determined whether any of the incidents are linked, but said the detective doesn’t think Starcher is responsible for any of the other thefts.If members of the public have any information on these incidents, call Detective Rich Watson at (970) 547-3133.- Nicole Formosa

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