ski racks

After a rash of ski thefts, Aspen police are advising: “If you want to try out something new, please lock your ski rack.”

There’s been a rash of ski thefts in the upper valley recently, and Aspen police are warning people to either lock their car racks or bring the boards inside.

At least eight pairs of skis were stolen off the roofs of cars on Saturday and Sunday, according to Sgt. Mike Tracey. He said six of the thefts were in downtown Aspen, one came from Snowmass Village and another in Pitkin County.

“Some of these were not from a ski rack but from tubes on the back of a hitch. Multiple different ways of putting skis on a vehicle were attacked. None of them were locked,” Tracey said.

“We also had an electric bicycle stole from downtown during the same time period,” which Tracey said may be related to the ski crimes.

There are no suspects yet. Law enforcement believes that the thief or thieves is driving around at night looking for unsecured ski racks to quickly grab what they can.

Roving patrols have been out in force “to try and catch these culprits,” Tracey said.

“We will be out there in force [Monday night] trying to find these people and bring them to justice,” he said, adding that when it comes to skis, “In Aspen, that’s your lifeblood.”

In a Facebook post, the police department advises citizens to be alert and ready to contact authorities if one suspects a theft is underway.

“So, if you see someone pulling skis off a car and putting them into another car, this is what we in police work call a ‘clue.’ If you see such a clue, please call us at 911. And, if you want to try out something new, please lock your ski rack,” it continued.

Madeleine Osberger is a Contributing Editor for Aspen Daily News. She can be reached at madski@aspendailynews.com or on Twitter @Madski99