Burglaries dip in Colo. city as police innovate
Increased neighborhood policing made possible by sales tax has netted a 37 percent drop in burglary cases
By Robert Allen
FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Broken glass and a large rock were discovered in place of a sliding-glass door at the burglary scene of a Fort Collins paint supply shop. About 10 hours later, police had a suspect in custody.
“It’s amazing how much work they did,” Painters Supply manager Tim Shafer said of the Dec. 26 incident. Police with a crime-scene van had taped off areas around the building and were able to connect the scene with a suspect, in part through shoe prints and a cigarette butt.
A laptop computer had been taken from the business, along with a small amount of money and a Toyota pickup truck. The items were recovered when officers found the truck and arrested Keith Edgar Lubaski, 35. Police have bolstered efforts dealing with burglaries in general since voters in 2010 approved the Keep Fort Collins Great ballot measure, adding a 0.85 percent sales tax.
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