Vail Police have taken seven reports in the West Vail South area regarding stolen property and vehicle break-ins. The incidents all occurred in the Westhaven Drive, Matterhorn Drive and West Gore Creek Drive areas. The thefts occurred between 10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, and 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17. Detective Sgt. Luke Causey says it appears as if someone is checking for unlocked doors on vehicles and stealing property. He says investigators don’t believe a criminal enterprise is at work, but rather, the incidents appear to be crimes of opportunity. No specific items are being targeted.
One incident that occurred in the 1600 block of Matterhorn Drive had both the garage and lock-off apartment entered by the suspect. The suspect allegedly used a side door to enter the unlocked garage. He then entered the vehicle parked in the garage and stole several items, including binoculars. At some point while in the garage, the suspect entered an occupied lock-off that opens to the garage. The suspect, according to police reports, then went through the sleeping occupant’s bag and stole $50 and some other small property.
Police believe that later in the night a vehicle was stolen from the 1300 block of Westhaven Drive. The owner stated that the vehicle was locked and Vail PD confirmed the owners had the keys secured inside the residence. The vehicle is a white 2017 GMC Yukon with Colorado license plate OSX702. The stolen Yukon is a rental and is still being sought in the investigation.
The Vail Police Department reminds everyone to please lock their vehicles, houses, and to secure any valuables. While our community is overwhelmingly safe, crimes of opportunity can be prevented.
Further inquires or to report any possible leads, can be directed to Detective Sgt. Luke Causey at 970-479-2346 or firstname.lastname@example.org