The Park City Police Department last week received another series of reports of vehicle burglaries, continuing a two-week stretch of cases that has prompted the police to step up patrols in an effort to catch the perpetrators.
Vehicle burglaries are regularly reported in Park City, but it is rare for there to be so many in a short period of time like the ones since early August. The police say there have been at least 12 vehicle break-ins over the past two weeks.
The cases have been spread through Park City. Some have been at trailheads while others have been in garages, in driveways or on the street. Rick Ryan, a police captain, said the Police Department has increased its patrols in response to the cases. Officers in vehicles, on foot and on bicycles are monitoring vehicles, Ryan said.
"They're just a matter of seconds," Ryan said about a vehicle break-in, adding, "They're hitting cars and grabbing and going."
Windows have been smashed in some of the cases. Ryan said the thieves have taken cash, purses, iPods, iPhones and laptop computers. He said credit cards have been taken as well. He said some of the credit cards were used in Park City and surrounding Summit County after they were taken. Ryan said the losses have pushed into the thousands of dollars between the damage to the vehicles and the stolen property.
"These bad guys have found a location they're going to work," Ryan said.
Ryan said there have also been cases in Summit County recently. The Police Department and the Summit County Sheriff's Office have teamed to develop suspects. Ryan declined to discuss the suspects or provide information about the clues that led the authorities toward them. Ryan said more than one suspect or more than one group of suspects could be involved. Some of the vehicles targeted were parked outside of homes that are for sale, he said.
"I think we've got some different suspects that are not working together," he said.
The cases reported last week included:
The police logs also showed some of the patrols conducted by officers. They included one on Saturday, Aug. 17 in Park Meadows, particularly along Holiday Ranch Loop Road.
In the week before, cases were reported on streets like Heber Avenue and Park Avenue.
The Summit County Sheriff's Office, meanwhile, said there has been a series of recent vehicle burglaries in the Snyderville Basin. The Sheriff's Office regularly patrols neighborhoods.
People with information about the Park City cases may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department's anonymous-tip line, 615-5847. The department also operates an online tip form. The direct link is: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=994. The Sheriff's Office phone number is 615-3500.