Park City police probe series of smash-and-grabs in Prospector
December 6, 2018
The Park City Police Department is investigating a series of smash-and-grab vehicle break-ins that have been reported in the Prospector commercial district over the past month.
Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the agency has received reports of four cases since Nov. 9. The cases have been reported in separate locations, including a parking lot on Gold Dust Lane. Each of the reports was received between 7:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. Kirk said it appears the break-ins occurred shortly before the police reports rather than in the overnight hours.
Kirk said the vehicle doors were locked but the items that were taken were visible through the windows in each of the cases. The perpetrators smashed windows to get inside.
Kirk said the losses include bags, purses and cellphones. He estimated the dollar losses reach into the thousands between the damage to the windows and the items that were taken.
"They're hitting quickly and taking off," Kirk said.
The Police Department on Tuesday received a report involving two of the vehicle burglaries. The victims were at a gym class at the time, the police said.
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The Police Department has increased patrols in Prospector in response to the break-ins. Kirk said marked and unmarked police vehicles are assigned to the patrols. The department does not have leads.
He recommended people bring valuables inside or store them in the trunk.
"People are more prone to carry Christmas presents around in their vehicles," he said of the season.
Anybody with information about the cases may contact the Police Department at 615-5500.