BCC Car break in


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Eric Chabot · May 16, 2017 · Salt Lake City, UT · Joined Jul 2011 · Points: 20

I foolishly left a rope and rope bag visible in the trunk of my hatchback at the choss garden parking pull out last Friday. When I returned just after dark, the rear passenger window was smashed and the rope and rope bag were gone. 

Watch out! Leave no valuables in your car in the cottonwood canyons.


Ken Noyce · May 16, 2017 · Layton, UT · Joined Aug 2010 · Points: 2,017
Eric Chabot wrote:

I foolishly left a rope and rope bag visible in the trunk of my hatchback at the choss garden parking pull out last Friday. When I returned just after dark, the rear passenger window was smashed and the rope and rope bag were gone. 

Watch out! Leave no valuables in your car in the cottonwood canyons.

I've got a rope and rope bag that I'd be happy to sell you, it may have some glass pieces in the bag, but don't worry, it's totally safe;)


Allen Sanderson · May 16, 2017 · Oootah · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,115

According to Unified Police Canyon Patrols on Friday there were at least four car clouts in the Canyons and on average one per day in the Canyons. They perps are specifically hitting climbers as they know they will be away from their vehicles.  As Eric said, leave nothing visible in you vehicle.


Todd H · May 16, 2017 · Sandy, UT · Joined Jul 2009 · Points: 736

Yesterday evening while my wife was up Bells canyon with a friend, someone smashed our passenger side window and stole her friend's purse.  She had tucked it under the front of the passenger side seat but apparently it was still visible.  They were parked at the overflow lot on Wasatch Blvd.  The thief tried to use her credit card immediately after.


Nacho Libre · May 18, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2012 · Points: 0

The Mt. Olympus trailhead has been hit hard over the last few weeks as well.


grog m aka Greg McKee · May 18, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 0

Wow what kind of POS steals from climbers?? Most likely not other climbers...that is some SUPER bad karma. I would never climb on stolen gear


Adam Schmidt SLC · May 19, 2017 · SLC,UT · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 25

Do you have a description of the rope/bag? I'm always trolling through ksl pages, they could be dumb enough to post em. (I got a stolen mtn bike back that way two years ago)


Boissal · May 19, 2017 · Small Lake, UT · Joined Aug 2006 · Points: 1,180
grog m aka Greg McKee wrote:

Wow what kind of POS steals from climbers?? Most likely not other climbers...that is some SUPER bad karma. I would never climb on stolen gear

The kind of POS who breaks into cars doesn't give a shit about karma and certainly doesn't steal gear to use it. If you drive up BCC on any given weekend there are 50 cars parked on the side of the road at storm mountain, everyone of them displaying their fresh MP/Prana/REI stickers on their brand new Subi, everyone of them with a display of brand new shiny gear in the back, highly visible. Easy money. People need to wise up a bit, this shit has been happening for years in the canyons, meth-heads were even hiking to the base of climbs in LCC to steal packs a few years ago. It's not going to stop, even if you were to brain a dozen thieves with a #6 it would mean a bigger market share for the other dozen... Hide your shit, don't leave valuables on display, basically assume the worst, I guarantee you're still underestimating how shitty people can be. 


AndrewArroz · May 19, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jan 2016 · Points: 0
grog m aka Greg McKee wrote:

Wow what kind of POS steals from climbers?? Most likely not other climbers...that is some SUPER bad karma. I would never climb on stolen gear

Meth heads. Definitely the Tweaker modus operandi. 


Boissal · May 19, 2017 · Small Lake, UT · Joined Aug 2006 · Points: 1,180
Allen Sanderson wrote:

According to Unified Police Canyon Patrols on Friday there were at least four car clouts in the Canyons and on average one per day in the Canyons. They perps are specifically hitting climbers as they know they will be away from their vehicles.  As Eric said, leave nothing visible in you vehicle.

It would be fantastic is the great men in blue spent less time pounding doughnuts at the Silver Fork Lodge and more time doing their fucking jobs wouldn't it? Compiling stats is great, a bit of pro-activity would be better. I'm not sure yelling at the lady who drove to BCC to take a few chunks of quartzite for her yard is doing much for public safety. Monitoring trailheads and parking situation, now that's a novel concept I wish they'd consider.


grog m aka Greg McKee · May 19, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2012 · Points: 0

So what it the accepted practice if you witness someone breaking in to a car? I would love to beat the shit out of a tweaker with my rage and giant muscles but I also don't want assult charges. Take a picture of their face?


John Steiger · May 19, 2017 · Unknown Hometown · Joined Jul 2007 · Points: 1,625

My rig was busted into a week ago Friday (5/12) at the Higher Education parking area, just down-canyon from the Choss parking area.  We were climbing less than 5 minutes away.  Heard the car alarm go off and tires screeching; we were there in 10 minutes (had to get off the route).  They broke the passenger side window, obviously with a tool, and stole a Five Points black satchel I use for the climbing gym with new pairs of Anazasi VCS (44) and Katana lace ups (43), a harness, a locking, and hand jammies (so if somebody sees this stuff posted up for sale, please let me know).  It took place about 6:20pm, and we reported to the Unified Police who opened up a case and have a detective working it.  The officer said that break-ins are occurring every day in the front range canyons, and they appear to be targeting climbers (I also posted this on the BCC page the day after it happened).

My suggestion is that we work with the police as closely as possible (and not take matters into our own hands, although pleasing that would be).  If you see anyone cruising lots or looking into windows, get what information you can and call it in or ping me and I'll get the word to the detective on my case.  I think the police are serious about hunting these guys down (I wouldn't give them too much lip B-man).   They did catch one group last year who were also working the canyons and recovered a room worth of stolen things.


Boissal · 5 days ago · Small Lake, UT · Joined Aug 2006 · Points: 1,180
John Steiger wrote:

I think the police are serious about hunting these guys down (I wouldn't give them too much lip B-man).   They did catch one group last year who were also working the canyons and recovered a room worth of stolen things.

I've had words with LEOs in the canyons on several different occasions and they never gave me the impression that stopping theft was their main concern. Glad to hear that they're actually on it and busting some of these window-breaking assholes! 


Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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