The Eagle Police Department has issued an alert to local residents warning that over the past several days there have been at least six reports of theft from unlocked/unsecured vehicles.
The suspect or suspects are unknown and are accessing unlocked vehicles and removing various items such as a purse, wallet and loose change. So far, the thief or thieves have victimized unsecured cars in residential driveways in Bull Run, lower Kaibab and the Terrace sub-divisions. The crimes have occurred between the hours of 2 a.m. and 7 a.m.
Eagle Police urge everyone to lock vehicles and be vigilant of suspicious persons.
"With your extra eyes and ears, police are confident we will deter the crimes and likely catch the thieves based on your suspicious person(s) call to 911," said the alert that was issued on Monday. "Be sure to call 911 if you witness a suspicious incident or person(s)."
Anyone with a a tip about a possible suspects, can contact the Eagle Police Department at 970-328-6351 or call Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007 or 1-800-962-TIPS.
Updates and alerts will be posted on the Town of Eagle Neighborhood Information Network. Check the website at townofeagle.org, under the "Police" tab.
Eagle Police were called to an Eagle Ranch residence Jan. 20 when an occupant inside reported there were two unknown men knocking at his front and back doors and ringing the bell and that they appeared to have something in their hands.
The caller said he was armed and the dispatcher advised him to lock himself inside a room in the home and wait for police to arrive.
Noting that the two men's behavior was consistent with casing a home prior to an attempted break in, the Eagle officer arrived on scene and saw the suspects in a car. At gunpoint, the officer told the two occupants to place their hands on their heads. The two men exited the vehicle and were ordered to lay on the ground with their hands behind their heads.
An Eagle County Sheriff's Deputy arrived on the scene to assist. The men were handcuffed and searched for weapons. The officer contacted the home occupant, who was no longer armed, but who appeared to be shaken during the conversation. The home occupant said he didn't know the two men, but they were knocking and shaking his door and that he couldn't tell if they were trying to force it open or if they were trying to get someone to answer the door.
When the officer interviewed the men, one of them said he worked for a man who lived at the address and he was just trying to deliver a letter. The man said when he didn't get an answer after knocking, he taped the letter to a side door. The second man confirmed the story and the police found the letter as described. At that point the officers removed the handcuffs.
The officer contacted the man the letter was addressed to, and he said he knew both of the men who had been knocking at the door. The officer then explained to the men why law enforcement had responded to the scene and handcuffed them.
"After asking and answering several questions, both men understood what had occurred and stated they understood the situation," said the police report.
No charges were filed.
The owner of a downtown Eagle business reported that someone had intentionally punctured a tire on one of his work trucks while it was parked in the alley behind Broadway.
He estimated the damages at $125.
The man said he was not having problems with anyone and could not point to a specific suspect in the case. He asked that the Eagle Police beef up patrols in the area to discourage future vandalism.