Auto thefts in Greenwood Village are down 17% in 2022

BY FREDA MIKLIN
GOVERNMENTAL REPORTER

There were 128 auto thefts reported In Greenwood Village in the first nine months of 2022, a decrease of 17% from the same period in 2021. Also, during the nine months ended September 30, 2022, there were 189 stolen autos recovered in the city limits. GV doesn’t report where the vehicles it recovers were stolen. Its monthly reports also do not contain details of the circumstances under which vehicles were stolen (whether they were locked or unlocked, etc.).

The largest increase in reported crimes in GV for the first three quarters of this year was in the category of thefts, up 57% from 478 in 2021 to 749 in 2022. Theft is defined as the taking of someone’s property without their permission. Theft can be tricky as a crime because property may be misplaced; when the owner can’t find it, theft may be assumed without actual evidence that the property was stolen.

Burglaries in GV increased 38% to 91 through the end of September, from 66 during the same period of 2021. Robberies increased from 11 to 12.  Burglary is entry into a building illegally with intent to commit another crime, especially theft. Robbery is the act of taking property unlawfully from a person or place by force or threat of force.

Traffic accidents in GV during the first nine months of this year increased 11% over 2021 from 645 to 717. GVPD issued 5,152 citations through September 30, 2022, down 4% from 5,355 issued during the same period in 2021.

One incident reported by GVPD in June involved, “Officers took into custody a male subject who was wanted for attempted murder by Denver PD. GVPD coordinated with Denver PD to take the male into custody at the Extended Stay America off of Quebec Street.”

During July, “The GVPD investgations unit was recognized by TJ Maxx (at Orchard and University) for their continued work on retail theft mitigation after making four felony and two misdemeanor warrant arrests, along with capturing two identify theft suspects and the recovery of a stolen vehicle.”

During September, “GVPD officers responded to a bank robbery at Independent Bank at the corner of Orchard Road and Willow Street. The suspect reportedly passed a note demanding money and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of currency. Officers located a male fitting the suspect’s description. He was detained and identified by witnesses at the bank. All of the money was recovered and the suspect confessed to four other recent bank robberies in the Denver Metro area. He faces multiple felony charges.”

Last year, Greenwood Village installed an automated license plate reader in the area of the city where a significant amount of crime occurs. It in the vicinity of big box stores, hotels and motels. The purpose of the effort was to identify license plates owned by people with outstanding arrest warrants.  During just the month of August, GV reported that, “The automated license plate reader read 921,687 license plates with 1,809 alerts, 43 of which were investigated, resulting in recovery of stolen vehicles, warrant arrests, and narcotic and firearms violations.”

The September city manager’s update also contains information that, “Homeless encampments were addressed at the following locations in September:

  • 6787 S. Clinton Street
  • 6767 S. Clinton Street
  • 5380 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard
  • 7800 E. Dorado Place
  • 8081 E. Orchard Road
  • 8655 E. Arapahoe Road
  • 4151 S. Dallas Street
  • 9401 E. Arapahoe Road
  • 9600 E. Peakview Avenue

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