Stillwater County investigates string of Park City break-ins

2014-04-17T11:00:00Z 2014-04-17T23:59:23Z Stillwater County investigates string of Park City break-insBy CHRIS CIOFFI ccioffi@billingsgazette.com The Billings Gazette

The Stillwater County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a string of seven break-ins reported in Park City between Feb. 1 and March 26.

“Park City’s a small town,” said Undersheriff Chip Kem. “I would say if there were seven in a year, that would be excessive, usually.”

The break-ins have the town on high alert, said Sheriff Cliff Brophy. “We’re really encouraging residents to pay attention.” Both Brophy and Kem said that no pattern has emerged in the incidents beyond the fact that they all happened within a span of two months, but the investigation continues.

“We’re still looking at the evidence at this time, and looking at people who may have raised suspicion,” Brophy said. The department is working with other agencies to see if there are similarities to burglaries in nearby jurisdictions.

In many small towns, Park City included, residents don’t always lock their doors, which leads to easy pickings for burglars, Kem said.

“There were at least several of them where the residences were not locked at the time,” he said.

Residents can take precautions

to make sure their home is not as susceptible to burglaries, Brophy said.

If a suspicious person is seen, residents should jot down a license plate number and description of a vehicle or people in the vehicle, but do it safely, he said. “And call local law enforcement as soon as they can.”

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