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Thefts from locker rooms: Take precautions with valuables in public places

Locked storage lockers do not guarantee the safety of valuables, nor does keeping those valuables nearby, but out of reach, as several guests to The Springs Resort recently found out.

Between 9 and 10:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, five lockers were broken into at the resort, with both the men’s and women’s locker rooms affected by the thefts.

Three of the thefts were reported to the Pagosa Springs Police Department, while two others were reported only to the resort.

In the three thefts reported to the PSPD, a total of $520 cash and multiple coats and boots were stolen, said Det. Scott Maxwell.

In one theft, $150 cash was taken from a locked storage locker, while boots and a coat stored outside the locker were also taken.

In another, $330 worth of boots and coats were taken, in addition to $140 cash.

In the third, $230 cash was stolen.

Two thefts reported to the hotel involved items taken while the owners of the items were showering, Maxwell said.

A wallet containing $50 was stolen from a bench in the men’s locker room while the owner was showering.

Similarly, rings and a watch, valued at about $400, were taken from the women’s locker room while the owner showered.

Maxwell said he has reviewed all of the available video from the resort’s security cameras, and found no possible suspects on the video, though not all areas of the lobby are covered by security cameras.

With the investigation continuing, reminders to take caution with valuables are apt.

“Locker rooms are magnets for thieves and always have been, so a word to the wise: It would be advisable not to take any valuables into the locker room,” Maxwell said, adding that there was no guarantee against becoming the victim of a theft.

Anyone with information is asked to call Maxwell at 264-4151, Ext. 241.