Several cars burglarized at Basin-area complex |

Several cars burglarized at Basin-area complex

Several residents at a Basin-area apartment complex were the victims of a string of vehicle burglaries over the weekend.

Saturday, the Summit County Sheriff’s Office received three separate reports from residents at the Elk Meadows Apartment complex near the Pinebrook neighborhood. While investigating the claims, a deputy noticed a fourth vehicle that had been vandalized.

Detective Casey Bates said the thefts occurred sometime between 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20, and 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 21. In three of the cases, the vehicle’s windows were broken out to access the items. Several items were reported missing, including registration papers and insurance cards, an iPod and a cell phone.

There are currently no suspects or evidence in any of the cases, Bates said, referring to the incidents as crimes of opportunity.

"They took whatever was readily available in the vehicle," Bates said. "While we don’t like to assume anything, given the fact that all of the vehicles were reported within the same time there is a possibility that they are connected to the same suspects."

No other similar reports had been received prior to the incidents, however, extra patrols will be in the area.

Bates encouraged vehicle owners to hide personal items and lock car doors and the glove box.

"We have been finding that they are taking paperwork and so anytime you can keep your glove box locked, we would suggest that you do so," Bates said.