Smash, grab and gone: Park City car break-ins continue |

Smash, grab and gone: Park City car break-ins continue


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:

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  • on Sunday Sept. 15 at 10:22 a.m., someone on Meadow Creek Drive, a small street in Park Meadows, reported a truck had been broken into the night before. The person was not immediately sure if anything had been taken, the police said.
  • at 12 a.m. on Sept. 15, someone on Meadow Creek Court, a street close to the site of the 10:22 a.m. report, told the police a vehicle parked in a driveway was targeted. A wallet was taken from the glove compartment, the police were told. The victim told the police the door was unlocked.
  • at 9:04 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, a vehicle burglary was reported on the 2300 block of Monitor Drive. Just earlier, at 8:52 p.m., another vehicle break-in was reported on the same block. In at least one of the cases on Monitor Drive, suitcases were stolen, the police said in an online posting.
  • on Sept. 14 at 6:44 a.m., the police received a report of a vehicle burglary from someone on lower Iron Horse Loop Road. The police were told a stereo, a digital music player and a charger were taken.
  • on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7:17 p.m., someone who parked a car in the lot across S.R. 224 from the McPolin Farm filed a burglary report. The police were told the person left the vehicle at 5:30 p.m. When the person returned, the rear window on the passenger side was smashed, the police were told. Police logs indicated a purse, a laptop computer and a camera bag were taken.

    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.

  • on Tuesday, Sept. 17, a report was filed on the 700 block of Quaking Aspen Court. An online police posting said the vehicle had been "ransacked" in the overnight hours of Sept. 14 and the victim lost loose change. The vehicle was unlocked and parked in the victim’s driveway, the police were told.

    "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: