Montrose Police Cmdr. Gene Lillard said 11 cars were burglarized, some of them vandalized, between Saturday, May 2, at 11 p.m. and Sunday, May 3, at 6 p.m. Stolen items included cameras, checkbooks, purses and iPods, he said.
“They’d take anything, including face-plates off radios,” he said.
The break-ins were mostly in one area, Lillard said, “starting in the 1100 block of South Fifth Street and on into the old English Gardens neighborhood.”
Police records show that two vehicles broken into were in the 1100 block of South Fifth Street, and the rest were on Winston Way, Roma Court, Avon Drive, South Twelfth Street, Bristol Drive, Dover Road, Bighorn Street, and Barbara Court.
Most of the cars broken into were simply opened because they weren’t locked, Lillard said, and a few had their windows smashed with a rock. Most of the cars were parked on the street or in a driveway, he added.
One burglar was arrested Friday night, Lillard said, after breaking in to Lawrence Sanderson’s privately owned, full-sized fire truck in the 1100 block of South Park Friday night around 11:20 p.m.
Sanderson called police about the theft of fire-fighting equipment, and when police arrived they spotted a man in the area carrying a large sack.
The man, Jason Markey, 30, of Montrose, took off running and after a five block chase was caught and then subdued with a Taser after he continued to resist arrest, Lillard said.
But Markey’s arrest doesn’t account for the rest of the break-ins, Lillard said, and anyone with information is asked to call the Montrose Police at 970/252-5200. Lillard urged people to lock vehicles and keep personal items out of view.
“It’s not a good thing to leave expensive items exposed, even if it is on your property,” he said. “There are people who do some midnight shopping.”
Breaking into a vehicle is a first-degree criminal trespass, Lillard said, a Class 5 felony.