Smash, grab and gone: Park City car break-ins continue
September 20, 2013
The Park City Police Department is continuing to investigate a string of vehicle break-ins in recent weeks, including another set in the last 10 days.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the department stepped up patrols a month ago in response to the break-ins. Officers in vehicles, on bicycles and on foot have been conducting patrols. Kirk said the police have sent out officers in unmarked vehicles on some of the patrols.
He said the Police Department has developed a few leads, but he declined to discuss details. Kirk acknowledged, though, that catching suspects in vehicle break-ins is difficult.
"It’s one of the tougher crimes to solve. There is some randomness to it," Kirk said, adding that vehicle break-ins normally occur quickly.
Kirk said most of the recent cases have involved a perpetrator breaking the window of a vehicle to get inside. Other victims had left their vehicles unlocked, he said. Kirk said purses, car stereos and cell phones have been taken in the cases.
During the eight days starting on Sept. 9, the Police Department received a series of reports. They included:
In another case, on Sept. 15 at 4:49 p.m., someone on Creek Drive told the police a car had been opened the night before and "rummaged through," according to police logs.
"He reported the incident delayed because he learned the other incident had occurred and he wanted the police to be aware," the online posting said.
The Police Department recommends people lock vehicle doors and not leave valuables inside where they are visible.
Earlier cases have included reports at the recreation complex at Quinn’s Junction, in Prospector and in Old Town.
People with information about the 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 address is: https://www.tipsubmit.com/WebTips.aspx?AgencyID=994.