Friday, January 30, 2004
The Rain Drop Water building was the target of crime for the third time in less than a year when someone drove into the front of the building Thursday night or Friday morning.
A vehicle slammed into the front of the building, knocking in the entire front wall and causing $2,500 to $3,000 in damage, said Steamboat Springs police Officer Nate Morton. The impact caused quarters from a coin dispenser on the other side of the wall to spill everywhere, Morton said.
The owners are unsure if any of the quarters were taken from the building.
The incident was reported about 7 a.m. Friday. Rain Drop Water, at the corner of Jacob's Circle and Downhill Drive, sells water.
Police do not have any suspects, but Morton said the culprit would have a vehicle with a severely damage front or rear-end bumper. The incident marks the third time in 12 months the building has been targeted.
Eight months ago, the business was burglarized, and money was taken from the coin dispenser. Four months earlier, a similar incident occurred.
The owners believed the culprit could be someone who gets water at the business, because the crimes happened right about the time when the coin machines were full. The owners had emptied the coin machine right before the most recent incident.
The crimes could have an impact on Rain Drop Water's customers. Many of the customers are from the North Routt area and depend on the business for their household water supply. They will have to drive to Craig while the business is out of commission, Morton said.
The owners started making repairs to the building Friday and are expected to be back in business soon, Morrison said.