December 14, 2007

Burglaries continue in corridor: Detectives follow leads
By Pamela Lawson
Staff Writer

The Park County Sheriff’s Office could be closing in on a possible suspect in a string of burglaries in the Pine Junction area.

Since mid-November, one or more suspects have burglarized approximately 10 homes in the community, costing homeowners tens of thousands of dollars in stolen goods and damages.

The most recent intrusions occurred last week, according to sheriff’s Detective Dean Morgan, and cost a homeowner in the Woodside subdivision between $3,000 and $5,000.

“We do have some good leads we are following up on, but we still need help from the public,” Morgan said. “They need to be watching out for suspicious vehicles and watching their neighbors’ property.”

The stolen items have been “pricey” ones, including computers, laptops, televisions, speakers, cameras and firearms, Morgan said.

Most of the victims were not home during the break-ins that occurred between 11 p.m. and 6 a.m.; however, the most recent intrusion, on Dec. 5, occurred in broad daylight, Morgan said.

Some of the homes have been in secluded areas, others near main roadways. One of the burglaries may involve a separate suspect, but most of the robberies appear to be related, he said.

One family was home but was unaware of the intrusion, which occurred in an office above the garage a few hundred yards from the residence.

In the majority of the cases, the suspect or suspects are gaining entrance to the homes by throwing rocks through windows.

One of the homes targeted had a “for sale” sign in the yard and was empty. In that home, the intruder destroyed the toilets.

While the robberies have primarily occurred in the Woodside subdivision in the Pine Junction area, the suspects could be venturing into other nearby communities as well. A Conifer woman who read the initial story about the burglaries in the Nov. 27 edition of High Timber Times contacted Morgan to report vandalism to an empty home in Conifer that is for sale. The intruder destroyed the toilets in that home too, he said, which caused thousands of dollars in water damage.

Morgan is urging residents in the corridor to remain on the lookout.

“We have some promising leads,” he said. “Any information anyone has can be very helpful.”

To report tips or information related to these crimes, contact Detective Dean Morgan at 719-836-4388.

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