Park City smash-and-grab: Vigilance urged after Main Street break-in |

Park City smash-and-grab: Vigilance urged after Main Street break-in

(Tanzi Propst/Park Record)

The Historic Park City Alliance, a business group in the Main Street core, wants to ensure the shops, restaurants and nightclubs are aware of a recent smash-and-grab burglary of a jewelry store and says the businesses should ensure they have taken steps to deter additional incidents.

The executive director of the organization, Michael Barille, said the businesses on or close to Main Street should be “following all of their security and safety protocols.” The organization sent a message to the approximately 200 members after the burglary. Barille said the businesses should practice “vigilance” as he expressed surprise with the break-in at Park City Jewelers.

He also said Main Street businesses with surveillance systems pointing toward the street could have information for the Park City Police Department as it continues to investigate the burglary.

The case was a rare smash-and-grab burglary along Main Street, a shopping, dining and entertainment strip that draws people into the early morning hours even during the spring shoulder season.

The break-in at the jewelry store occurred at 4:40 a.m. on Saturday, April 27. The store’s burglary alarm was triggered once a window was shattered in the break-in, but the perpetrator or perpetrators fled before police officers arrived. The Police Department continues to investigate.

Phil Kirk, a police captain, said the agency has increased patrols along Main Street in the overnight hours in response to the break-in. He said officers on foot and in vehicles are part of the increased patrols.

Kirk said businesses in the Main Street core could check the alarm systems to ensure they are operational. He said the businesses could also install surveillance cameras if they do not already have such a system. Kirk said the Police Department has also notified the Historic Park City Alliance of the case.

“Hopefully that allows them to be better prepared,” Kirk said.

Park City Jewelers lost a few pieces of jewelry in the smash-and-grab, including earrings, a pendant and a quartz crystal, the Police Department said shortly after the burglary. It was the only case of its kind reported at that time.

Anybody with information about the case may contact the Police Department at 615-5500.

The Summit County Sheriff’s Office said it has not received recent reports of smash-and-grab burglaries. Andrew Wright, a Sheriff’s Office lieutenant, said deputies as part of their patrols stop at businesses after they are closed to “rattle the doors” to ensure they are secure. He said the Sheriff’s Office has not adjusted the patrols as a result of the smash-and-grab case on Main Street.

“Making a presence regularly,” Wright said.

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