Two more downtown businesses burglarized in Breckenridge
September 30, 2010
BRECKENRIDGE – Police are investigating burglaries this week of La Francaise French Bakery and Pizza Parlor, both on Main Street.
The French bakery was discovered to have been burglarized early Sunday morning. The front door was damaged, and a cash box with between $1,000 and $1,500 was taken, according to a report from Breckenridge Police Department.
The Pizza Parlor’s owner on Monday reported an attempted burglary. Someone had tried to pry open a door hinge, damaging the door’s frame, according to the police report.
The incidents bring to 30 the number of Breckenridge burglaries this year, which is on pace with the previous two years.
“A lot of ours tend to be commercial burglaries,” said Greg Morrison, assistant Breckenridge police chief.
The town has more than 300 downtown businesses, and victims this year have ranged from ski shops to an art gallery and even a real estate office.
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The value of items taken have totaled many thousands of dollars.
“This year with our major cases, we’ve actually had a pretty high success rate of catching burglars,” Morrison said.
Jason Oberg was recently sentenced to 90 days in jail and six years of probation after a plea agreement regarding burglaries at Primo Outdoors and Mountain Outfitters.
Other investigations have led to charges filed in burglaries at One Ski Hill Place (at the Peak 8 base area) and the downtown bus transfer station.
Morrison said that while “it’s tough” to prevent burglary of one’s business, a variety of methods are available for owners to protect their investment.
“Don’t use big rocks as door stoppers,” he said. “That’s just kind of an invitation for someone in the middle of the night to pick it up and throw it through a window.”
He said serial numbers should be recorded for equipment ranging from computers to skis and bicycles.
“Lighting is always good; cameras are fantastic,” Morrison said, adding that a number of burglaries have been solved with the help of surveillance cameras.
Making sure doors – which can be shaky in old buildings – are firmly secured and using “really good locks is great,” he said.
With the frequent turnover of local employees, Morrison said businesses could benefit from changing door-pad access codes and locks.
And with the shoulder season under way, business owners might want to make any improvements before the ski season kicks off.
“We do see a bump in burglaries at the beginning of the season,” Morrison said.
SDN reporter Robert Allen can be contacted at (970) 668-4628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.