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Residents awake to find vehicles robbed

Collin Smith

On the morning of Dec. 4, seven Craig residents left their homes to discover their cars and trucks had been burglarized.

All of the incidents happened within a small radius in the central part of town. Vehicles were hit on the 800 block of School Street, the 400 block of Rose Street, the 300 and 700 blocks of Russell Street, the 500 block of Yampa Avenue, and two on the 300 block of Tucker Street.

Craig Police Commander Jerry DeLong said in all cases the vehicles were left unlocked overnight.

“It looks like they were crimes of opportunity,” DeLong said.

Items were taken out of each vehicle except one, where law enforcement reported items were “strewn” around the car, but the owner could not say if anything was taken.

In other vehicles, victims reported losing such belongings as cell phones, sunglasses, an iPod and a Sirius XM Radio receiver. In one case, the robber or robbers also took a person’s insurance card and vehicle registration.

Reports also indicated a home was burglarized last Thursday.

A local man reported items missing from his apartment on the 700 block of Yampa Avenue, including an electric guitar, an amplifier, an iPod and a cell phone. He had left the door unlocked.

DeLong recommended people always remember to lock their homes and vehicles, even in Craig.

“Granted, we live in a small town, and chances are things are unlikely to happen : but these things can happen in any community,” DeLong said.

He added that in all likelihood, there are no more crime-free communities in America, big or small.

The Police Department has seen a relative increase in automobile thefts recently.

According to records, officers have investigated 11 vehicle thefts since Nov. 1 this year. That number is up from two during the same time frame in 2007.

DeLong couldn’t say whether there was evidence to suggest that one person or one group of people were contributing to the increase because the cases still are under investigation.

Those who may have information related to these or any other crimes are encouraged to call Moffat County Crime Stoppers at 824-3535. The phone line does not have caller identification. All callers may remain anonymous and could be eligible for a cash reward.

Collin Smith can be reached at 875-1794 or