Multiple car thefts reported across Vail Valley, officials urge caution
Five cars stolen before 9:30 a.m. Friday; authorities are looking for a man in a white ski jacket and a woman
To prevent being a victim, police recommend:
- Never leave your vehicle running unattended, unsecured or with the keys in the ignition.
- Roll up the windows and lock the car.
- Stay alert, check around the car for suspicious persons prior to unlocking.
- Use an alarms or anti-theft device if your vehicle has one.
Five car thefts were reported Friday morning in Eagle County. All the stolen vehicles were running, unattended. As of 3 p.m. Friday, two of those cars, and two suspects in the theft, were still being sought by police.
Three of the cars had been recovered as of mid-afternoon Friday. Initial reports indicated that a firearm and 50 rounds of ammunition were taken from one of the recovered vehicles. An updated report indicated the firearm and ammunition, along with three loaded handgun magazines and several other items were taken in a separate incident at the Grouse Creek trailhead in Minturn. Officials are urging locals to be aware and not leave unattended vehicles running, or valuables in cars.
An Eagle County alert was sent out around 9 a.m. Friday reporting three car thefts. Amber Barrett of the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office said all five cars were taken before 9 a.m.
One of the cars taken in Avon was recovered in Edwards, the other in Minturn.
Still missing are a gray 2013 Volkswagen Jetta, with a bubbled tint on the back window. The license plate number is FZO 776. The car was running when it was taken from Edwards.
Also missing is a 2016 Nissan Pathfinder, license plate number BZV 514. That vehicle was running when it was stolen from Avon.
The cars in Avon were taken from the EagleBend, Sunridge and The Aspens neighborhoods. All had been left “puffing,” or running unattended. Leaving an unattended car running is illegal in Colorado.
Barrett said the suspects “absolutely” targeted running vehicles.
The Sheriff’s Office and Avon Police are working with the Vail Police Department and Colorado State Patrol to locate the two suspects in the case.
In a pair of posts to its official Facebook page, the Avon Police Department advised residents to be on the lookout for two individuals that are of interest in the thefts — a male wearing a white jacket and mask and a female in black.
“It’s still a very active situation,” Eagle County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Jessie Moser said. The suspects were still at large as of late Friday afternoon.
Krista Jaramillo of the Avon Police Department said the public’s help is needed in locating the suspect or suspects in the case.
“If (you) see anybody suspicious around unattended vehicles, let us know,” Jaramillo said.
Law enforcement officials urge residents to not leave their cars running while unattended and to not approach the suspects if you come in contact with them. Instead, call 911 if it’s an emergency or call 970-479-2201 with any additional leads.
If you think you may have any information about the suspects or this crime, call the Vail Public Safety Communications Center at 970-479-2201. You can also remain anonymous and call Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 970-328-7007, 1-800-972-TIPS, or submit your tip online at http://www.p3tips.com or send a mobile tip using the free ‘P3 Tips’ mobile app. If your tip leads to the arrest and indictment of any suspect involved, you could earn up to a $1,000 reward from the Eagle County Crime Stoppers.
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