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Publish Date: 4/13/2005

Thieves ransack RV lot after outage opens gate


A power outage in Brighton left a self-storage business owner vulnerable to thieves early Monday, according to Weld County Sheriff’s investigators.

Burglars broke into 20 RVs and slashed the tarps on two boats at the Highway 85 Self Storage north of Brighton at around 4 a.m. Monday, according to sheriff’s deputies.

Investigators believe burglars took items from the RVs and boats after entering the property through a normally locked security gate, which opened automatically when the power went out.

The owner of the business, who was awake, discovered the burglars and scared them away. He told investigators he saw one man in a dark-colored 1990s Chevrolet Blazer or Ford Explorer.

He also saw another man dumping items over the fence, according to sheriff’s spokeswoman Margie Martinez.

Investigators did not name the business owner. A man who answered the phone at Highway 85 Self Storage said the owner did not want to comment.

No information about the stolen items was available Tuesday.

United Power officials say a few hundred customers north of Brighton were left without power Sunday and early Monday when heavy snow downed a major feeder line.

“We are thinking the main feeder was off from 3 a.m. to 9 a.m.,” said United Power spokeswoman Heidi Belohrad.

“We had intermittent outages throughout the day.”

Jenn Ooton can be reached at 303-684-5295, or by e-mail at jooton@times-call.com.

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