By Jeff Todd

WESTMINSTER, Colo. (CBS4) – Westminster police say at least one thief attacked a neighborhood making off with valuables and guns.

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“There were two handguns, a shotgun and a ballistics vest. The ballistics vest is marked with ‘Front Range Community Patrol,’” said Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke.

The car the guns were stolen from belonged to an employee of the private security company Front Range Patrol.

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

“If we have someone out looking for cars they’re going to check all the cars in a neighborhood or on a block and they’re looking for easy targets. This car with the markings on it that the weapons were stolen out of — they probably thought there might be something good in here,” Spottke said.

A resident at the home on 73rd Place in Westminster said a second car was broken into and a credit card and ID were stolen.

Spottke said Westminster Police received five reports from the same street.

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Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke is interviewed by CBS4's Jeff Todd (credit: CBS)

Westminster Police Investigator Cheri Spottke is interviewed by CBS4’s Jeff Todd (credit: CBS)

“Obviously, don’t keep any valuables in your car. We recommend even taking out your registration, taking out your garage door openers, and lock your vehicles. A lot of times these thieves — if they can’t see anything — they’ll bypass your car.

“If anyone has information we’d really like to get these guns off the street, and that ballistics vest as well. Just be cognizant of what’s around you. If you’ve seen something please contact us,” said Spottke.

Additional Information From the Westminster Police Department

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash reward up to $2,000.

Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.

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