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Multiple vehicle burglaries at Colorado Springs theater

As many as 10 vehicles targeted, victim says

Vehicle break-ins plague movie night on south side

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police on Wednesday were trying to confirm a rash of vehicle break-ins in the parking lot of the Tinseltown movie theater near World Arena on the city's south side.

An apparent victim of the burglaries told KRDO NewsChannel 13 that his vehicle was one of around 10 hit by thieves Tuesday night.  The man said he arrived at the theater around 7 p.m. and noticed the burglary when he returned to his vehicle around 9 p.m.

The victim declined an interview but estimated that $500 worth of items inside his vehicle were taken.  He said some of the vehicles involved had windows broken, but others had the entire window removed.

Police said they couldn't verify the number of vehicles involved because only two victims filed reports.  As of Wednesday evening, police hadn't heard from anyone who saw the burglaries in progress.

There are no security cameras visible in the parking lot, but there are signs advising moviegoers to "Lock, Take and Hide," referring to common police advice for people to lock their vehicles and remove valuable items or hide them out of sight of thieves.

Terry Vattimo, the general manager for Tinseltown, was unavailable for comment about security at the theater.

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