White Pine Touring victimized in smash-and-grab burglary
December 31, 2013
Someone or several people forced their way into the White Pine Touring store on Christmas night, taking an undisclosed amount of cash and a camera, in a rare smash-and-grab case involving a Park City business.
The glass on one of the front doors, which face a small parking lot and the Rail Trail, was broken to get inside. Phil Kirk, a Park City Police Department captain, said the store’s alarm system was triggered at 11:52 p.m. Police officers arrived at the Bonanza Drive store within a few minutes, but the suspect or suspects were gone when they got to the scene.
In an online posting, the Police Department said the officers saw the broken glass on the door and then searched inside. The posting said the officers found damaged cases of sunglasses and cash registers that were open. It said property was missing from inside.
Kirk said the person or people were rushed while they were inside. He said the Police Department gathered unspecified evidence at the scene.
The Police Department had not totaled the dollar figure of the loss by late last week.
Eric LaPerle, who manages the store, said cash was taken from two registers. A GoPro brand camera was taken, he said. A display of sunglasses was knocked over, but none of the sunglasses were taken, LaPerle said. LaPerle received a call from the alarm company just after store was broken into.
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"It seemed very haphazard, I guess, the way it was done, what was taken," he said.
A wood panel covered the damaged door over the weekend.
"The reality is our town is growing. It’s going to suffer the growing pains of a larger town," LaPerle said.
Smash-and-grab cases in Park City only occasionally occur at businesses. They are more commonly reported by the victims of vehicle break-ins.
People with information about the White Pine Touring break-in 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: