Rash of Liquor Store Burglaries Force Some Owners to Put Bars Up

By: Rosie Barresi Email
By: Rosie Barresi Email

Several liquor store break-ins over the last few weeks in Colorado Springs have some store owners re-thinking how they protect themselves.

The owner of Lakeview Liquor Wine & Spirits on North Nevada Ave. says he hasn't had a break-in in more than twelve years. He attributes that to the fact that he has iron bars over his windows and door. That's something some of the other liquor stores who were targeted, didn't have.

It takes the bad guys moments to get in and out. "It only takes a few minutes," said Kon Han who owns Lakeview Liquor.

Han has owned his store for more than twelve years and says he's gotten it right by arming his store with iron bars.

"I think it's because most liquor stores have more cash flow than other businesses," said Han.

And if they're not after the cash they're after the next obvious thing. "They would like to drink, but they don't have the money. It's the only way they can get it," said Han.

But apparently store owners aren't the only ones having to guard themselves. "Before, we really didn't have to worry about our trucks," said one liquor store delivery man.

In between every load the delivery man says he has to lock up. "Even if it's a quick second. I mean, that quick second can mean a lot," said the delivery man. That's because what's taken out of his truck would need to come out of his pocket.

Liquor store owners are asking us all to keep an eye out. If you see a strange car in their parking lots after hours they say call the cops to check it out.

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