Burglary Suspect Pleads Guilty

A man accused of burglarizing homes and writing fraudulent checks entered a guilty plea in court Tuesday morning.

Corban Elmore, 38, plead guilty to three separate charges including burglary, identity theft and theft by receiving.

Elmore will be back in court for a sentencing hearing in March.

Elmore was first arrested in October for breaking into homes in the Northeast area of Colorado Springs. Then in November he was arrested again for allegedly writing over $15,000 in stolen checks.

Investigators say he forged the owners' signature on the checks. Further investigation into the forgery resulted in discovering Elmore had also forged letterhead and official signatures for CASA of the Pikes Peak Region and of the company known as TASC out of Virginia who have a facility in the Springs. CASA is a non-profit group that helps kids who are going through the court system.

We talked with a CASA spokesperson who told us he is a client in one of their programs, and it's concerning if he did forge signatures on their letterhead. Again, police told us that is exactly what he's accused of doing.

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A man accused of breaking into several homes made his first court appearance Monday.

Police say Corban Elmore, 38, is linked to at least six burglaries in Colorado Springs. He was caught in late October in part thanks to a vigilant neighbor, who noticed him prowling around a home on Oct. 23, and then later seeing him leave in an unfamiliar vehicle.

"You get to know whose car goes where and if it's someone that doesn't belong," John Bryant told 11 News at the time.

Bryant called 911 after the incident. He also gave the homeowner, Justin Fernandez, the vehicle description. Fernandez passed that information on to friends and co-workers, and told them to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

Aaron Celaya later saw the car near Constitution and Peterson and called police.

"I made the choice to follow, keep a good distance, but grab his plate and call 911," Celaya told 11 News reporter Sarah Schwabe.

Police responded to the area and brought the man into custody.

It wasn't just the vehicle that helped link Elmore to the burglary at Fernandez's home; Fernandez told 11 News that his security cameras took a picture of the suspect just before he broke in.