Vehicle burglars strike Park City street
Empire Avenue targeted in string of cases
April 4, 2017
The Park City Police Department is investigating at least seven reports of vehicle break-ins over a two-day stretch last week, primarily on Empire Avenue.
Most of the cases were discovered in the overnight and morning hours on Wednesday, March 29, the police said. The reports on Empire Avenue started at 1:51 a.m. and continued until 8:10 a.m.
Just earlier that day, at 1:42 a.m., a report was filed on nearby Lowell Avenue. Public police logs indicated a car door was found open in the Lowell Avenue case and someone had "rummaged through" the console. Nothing was immediately found to be missing, the police were told. An hour before, someone attempted to open the front door of the residences, according to department logs.
Another vehicle break-in was reported on Meadows Drive at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 28.
Police Department Capt. Phil Kirk said most of the cases involved vehicles that were not locked. The losses were "minimal" and nothing was taken in some of the cases, Kirk said. In one of the cases gift cards and an unspecified amount of cash was taken, he said. The perpetrators did not close the doors of some of the vehicles.
"Left the doors open, items strewn about in the vehicle," Kirk said, adding, "They were really quick, kind of careless."
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Kirk said it appeared the perpetrators moved along Empire Avenue, car by car, checking for unlocked doors. They did not break any vehicle windows, a method commonly used during break-ins. Kirk said the police received an initial report and investigating officers discovered the other cases on Empire Avenue after finding the open doors.
The Police Department recommends people lock vehicle doors and do not store valuables inside vehicles.
Anybody with information about the break-ins may contact the Police Department at 615-5500.