Crime: Burglars in Blue

Denver's burglary binge was stunning.

The Happy Cat Tavern was hit for $2,000 and two cases of whisky. From the Reese House restaurant, $4,000 was stolen. The U.S. Loan Co. lost $7,250. There were scores of others, and finally $40,000 was swiped from a Safeway supermarket on Denver's south side in one of the biggest thefts in the city's history. Denver screamed for the police to do something.

The cops, it turned out, already had: by last weekend, no fewer than 35 of Denver's police force had been fingered as the actual burglars. In all, over a seven-year period, the...

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