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Burglar steals from three businesses

Cash, other items were taken overnight Tuesday, police said

Blythe Terrell

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Steamboat Springs police Detective Nick Bosick asked that anyone with information about the recent burglaries at three Express Building businesses call Crime Stoppers at 970-870-6226, or him at 970-879-4345.

— Three businesses in west downtown Steamboat Springs were burglarized overnight Tuesday, police said. Money and other items were stolen from Twice as Nice Shoppe, Steamboat Tattoo and Body Piercing and Steamboat Hair Co.

The businesses share a foyer in the Express Building on the north side of Lincoln Avenue, just west of 13th Street. A person broke into one of the businesses and accessed the others by shattering the glass doors in that foyer, business owners said. Police still are calculating the value of items stolen, Steamboat Springs police Detective Nick Bosick said. People with information about the burglaries might receive a reward, he said.

The businesses had signs up Wednesday afternoon stating that they were closed because of the thefts.

Neil Downs has owned Steamboat Tattoo for about a year with his fiancee, Jodee Dike. The thief took his laptop and everything the couple needs to do business, Downs said.

“My machines, my ink, my tubes and needles,” he said. “Just the essentials.”

Downs said it would take a couple of days for him to be able to open again. He calculated the worth of his stolen items to be about $10,000.

“Some of the tattoo machines are made by world-renowned machine makers, and some of them are antiques, so the number gets kind of crazy when I add it all up,” he said.

Lisa Beck, who owns Steamboat Hair Co., said she realized something was wrong when she came in at about 10 a.m. Wednesday and saw her computer bag on a chair. She usually hides the bag.

“I thought of the girl I work with,” Beck said. “I thought, ‘Why would she have my computer out?’ And that’s when I noticed all the glass and thought, ‘OK, it’s gone.'”

The person cut himself or herself while breaking the doors, and there was blood on the floor of Beck’s shop, she said. The person took only the laptop, she said.

Beck was born and raised in Steamboat and has owned the salon for two years.

“I’ve never had any troubles before,” Beck said.

Downs said the crime shocked him, and Yolanda Tait agreed. She and her husband, Mike, opened the Twice as Nice resale shop about a year ago. Yolanda Tait said her understanding was that the burglar broke in through her back window and then used her fire extinguisher to break the glass doors. The thief took money and broke her cash register, she said Wednesday.

“Fortunately, last night I had just left like $40 in the register, but my register cost me 100 bucks,” Tait said.

Twice as Nice and Steamboat Hair Co. were scheduled to be open today.

Beck said she was thankful that no one was hurt.

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