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Up to 30 Cars Burglarized in Northwest Berthoud; Cash, Cologne Stolen

August 9, 2018

Berthoud's Heron Pointe community contains a few hundred residents. Items were stolen from as many as 30 unlocked cars Aug. 2.

Residents of the Heron Pointe Apartments climbed into their cars Friday morning to find ransacked center consoles, open glove boxes and more than a few items missing from their cars.

As many as 30 unlocked cars in the community in northwest Berthoud were opened and searched by thieves the night of Aug. 2, according to residents and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office crime report list .

Residents within the enclave of apartments and houses made 15 calls to the Sheriff’s Office to report vehicle trespasses on Woodcock Street, Petrel Drive, Murrlet Street and more in the community.

A Facebook page dedicated to the community showed that the most commonly stolen items were loose cash and small items such as electronics. The thieves also made off with eight bottles of cologne.

No one on the page reported that their vehicles were broken into; rather, the car burglars targeted unlocked cars and moved from driveway to driveway.

Billy Robb, a resident of his Heron Pointe home for about a year, said that even though his car was unlocked the night of the thefts, he got off easy.

“I had all kinds of tools in there,” he said, pointing to his vehicle full of construction equipment. “None of that’s gone. They tried to take my old GPS, but they ditched it.”

He said the 10-year-old Garmin must not have been worth the thieves’ time, and the tools must have been too cumbersome to haul off, despite their worth.

“I think they were just going for easy stuff,” Robb said.

He added that a neighbor who left a garage door open had some marijuana stolen, but nothing else.

Robb said car burglaries aren’t uncommon in the area, as many within the community leave cars and garages unlocked.

“People make mistakes thinking this is a safe neighborhood, apparently,” said Jessie Keyes-Powell on Facebook. “I am guilty as well, but I never had any issues before. Lesson learned.”

Another Facebook commenter, Kaila Scott, said this raid was the second in the past six months.

“People trust each other here,” Robb said, pointing out the homes of neighbors who reported stolen property.

Robb, like most of the residents, moved into his Heron Pointe home shortly after construction finished less than two years ago. He said the newness of the neighborhood and the tight pack of young families may be a flag for would-be thieves.

On the Heron Pointe Facebook page, resident Zane Greb said the thieves tried to enter his vehicle, but the alarm went off around 3:20 a.m. He added that he saw a smaller black SUV parked on the street around that time. Others on the page said their home surveillance systems caught some footage that has since been handed over to authorities.

The Larimer County Sheriff’s Office has begun an investigation into the matter, though spokesman David Moore said further information is not yet available.

Hans Peter: 970-635-3630, hpeter@prairiemountainmedia.com .

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