Smash-and-grab burglars steal $50,000 worth of fur in Park City
A Main Street fur seller was burglarized in the early morning hours last Thursday, the Park City Police Department said, a rare smash-and-grab case on a street where there is usually some sort of activity at all hours.
The Alaska Fur Gallery was targeted. An alarm company contacted the Police Department at 3:24 a.m., according to Jeremy Eaton, a detective. An officer arrived a few minutes later, but the perpetrators were gone. The officer found the glass of the front door had been smashed, Eaton said, calling the case a "typical smash-and-grab."
Investigators obtained surveillance tapes from the store and the building where Alaska Fur Gallery is located. Eaton said the surveillance footage shows a man breaking into the store, grabbing coats and putting them into a van parked on Main Street outside the store. The man went inside a few times, taking coats that were toward the front of the store, Eaton said. He said another person might be involved as well.
Eaton said the police were not sure by midday Monday how many coats were taken. He said the stolen coats are valued at approximately $50,000 combined. It is rare for a Park City burglary case to involve a dollar figure that high.
Eaton said the video surveillance showed the suspects stopping and looking into the store’s window approximately 20 minutes prior to the break-in. The man covered his face during the break-in, but he did not when he looked into the store, Eaton said.
The part of the door where the glass was broken was boarded up afterward. The glass had been replaced by Monday.
Anybody with information about the case may contact the Police Department at 615-5500 or the department’s tip line, 615-5847.
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