Feb 10, 2015

Local vet offices burglarized; sheriff's office urges caution

The Park County Sheriff’s Office is asking for information — and urging caution from veterinarians — after a series of break-ins at local veterinary hospitals.

“The person or persons responsible are gaining access through various means including breaking out the glass on entry doors or breaking through the doors themselves,” the sheriff’s office stated in a Friday posting to its Facebook page. “The thieves appear to be interested in any cash they can find as well as any narcotics stored on the premises.”

The sheriff’s office said it’s providing extra patrols around clinics, but also asked vets to take extra security measures and everyone — especially people living near clinics — to be vigilant.

Citing the ongoing investigation, sheriff’s office spokesman Lance Mathess declined to release any information about where and when the break-ins occurred or how many there had been. However, sheriff’s logs indicate at least some of the criminal activity hit rural Powell.

A veterinarian whose practice is east of Powell reported Friday morning that his business had been broken into, according to a sheriff’s department log. Around that same time, someone at a nearby vet clinic reported finding what appeared to be a bullet hole in the rear of that business.

Drugs and money were stolen in a separate break-in reported on the morning of Jan. 29 in that same area, the logs say, but they don’t specify whether the building was one of the veterinary clinics.

The sheriff’s office is asking anyone with information about the thefts or suspicious activity to call dispatch at 754-8700 or via 911.

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