Burglars Enter Using Homes' Garage Door Remotes

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

A holiday reminder from southern Colorado residents; lock all car and garage doors. Burglars are getting more creative this time of year. Over the weekend, several homes were broken into with little effort.

Several families tell 11 News thieves opened their unlocked cars and grabbed the garage door remote, then walked into the garage and rummaged through their belongings.

"It doesn't feel right," said Joseph Cantu, a homeowner whose residence was burglarized.

"I could have maybe prevented it," admitted Ryan Washburn, another homeowner who was victimized.

The crimes happened in two separate parts of El Paso County, one near Barnes and Peterson on Eagle Canyon Dr. The other incident was near Highway 24 and Marksheffel on Parsonage Ln.

The homeowners say thieves walked right up to their cars and grabbed the garage door remotes, and started going through their items. "This is my house, I was one door away from them walking in and... a home invasion, who knows what could have happened," Washburn said.

"Sometimes you forget to lock your doors and that's really important to remember," Cantu said. Cantu did not loose much, just some DVD's and CD's, but his neighbor's house was also burglarized.

The neighbor's son actually ran the thieves off when his dog heard the garage door open. He said all he saw was a dark colored pick up with a camper shell on the back. "It can happen to anybody," said Cantu.

It's a different story for Washburn who says he lost about $50,000 in ATVs, dirt bikes, and his pick-up truck. "That's a hit, for sure," he said.

Washburn has been hanging fliers all around his neighborhood, hoping someone saw something.

Police say these types of crimes could have been prevented just by keeping car and garage doors locked, or hiding the garage remotes.

If you saw or heard anything that can help police or sheriff's deputies solve these crimes anonymous tips can be left by calling Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by Davey Location: Bude UK on Dec 12, 2010 at 06:25 PM
    Thieves or burglars call them what you like are very artful. A new dodge is for scum to travel to a low crime area where people don't lock up like Fort Knox. They then have a great time. Now that cars have invincible immobilisers they steal the keys. In England where front doors have letter flaps they often use fishing rods to fish the keys off the hall table. A $50,000 car is quite a catch! Unfortunately we aren't allowed to shoot the burglars! I'd like to put them down the mine in Chile and occasionally throw a few buns down the hole. Prison with colour TV and snooker tables is far too good for them. Soft on crime and soft on the causes of crime I call it. As the muggers who beat up Bernie Ecclestone and the vandals who trashed the royal Rolls-Royce have not yet been caught the chances of Joe Blow getting his burglars caught is slim to none. CCTV floodlight cameras can be quite useful and heavy duty safes. Laptops are now #1 on the burglars shopping list. Good luck.
  • by Renegade Location: Colorado Springs on Dec 8, 2010 at 11:33 PM
    Here is the deal...Whether your vehicle is locked or not, don't be stupid enough to leave your garage door opener in your vehicle if your vehicle is parked outside your home. It takes a thief seconds to jimmy your vehicle lock or break a window without your hearing a thing no matter how big your dog or your gun is. Thief's are good at what they do or they wouldn't do it. Don't under estimate your opponent, instead always be prepared for him. You have to think like a thief to stop a thief. Example: I am a thief and your vehicle is in the parking lot of a store. I break the window & steal your garage door opener from your visor along with your vehicle registration/insurance card that gives me your address. Why your are still shopping or filing a police report, I am robbing your house & your neighbors don't think anything of it, because I was able to open your garage, so I must be a friend or a family member. NOTE: I am a former Law Enforcement Officer & I hope this helps you.
  • by Robbie Location: Skeptical on Nov 30, 2010 at 02:10 PM
    This all seems a little fishy to me. How is it, that someone can break into your garage, steal a truck, atv's, dirtbikes, yet not wake anybody. If these guys are this good they need to go steal the Mona Lisa for crying out loud. You're telling me that not a single dog barked. Or were you too loaded to hear them open the garage door? On top of that these have got to be the luckiest thieves ever, they break into a couple other places and get maybe $100 in stuff, but just happen to hit the jackpot of $50k at your place, come on Ryan, you can't really expect people to believe that you had nothing to do with this.
  • by C on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:20 PM
    Amen Jim!
  • by Jim Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 29, 2010 at 05:22 PM
    Hopefully, these perps will try to enter a home were the homeowner is packing. Love to hear when these kinds of human trash are eliminated. No mercy.
  • by Benjamin Location: Parsonage LN on Nov 29, 2010 at 12:33 PM
    Given how many millions of codes each garage door opener can generate, I find it hard to believe that someone else's opener would open your garage.
  • by Anonymous Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 28, 2010 at 07:14 PM
    Even keeping your car locked or the opener out of it isn't going to stop all of this. A friend of mine's house got hit a while back because thieves had stolen OTHER people's openers and were going up and down the street trying to find garages they worked on.
  • by George Location: Colorado Springs on Nov 28, 2010 at 07:10 PM
    Leaving your garage door opener in your car parked outside is like leaving a key to your front door on the door mat. Come on people wake up. Think. Lay off the hard stuff drink water for a while. Straighten out your life.
  • by D on Nov 28, 2010 at 04:58 PM
    My good friend was the one whose car was stolen. She always keeps her cars locked. All three of her young kids are sick today and her husband is deployed, so instead of blaming her without knowing the situation, we should be blaming the people who actually committed a crime. Everyone should learn from this. The holidays are coming and people tend to get desperate this time of year. Just be safe, and double check all windows and locks on homes and cars.
  • by Amused Location: CS on Nov 28, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    A good theif is a dead theif. I say chop off a finger and they will never steal again.
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