UPDATE: Search Warrants Turn Up Stolen Items, Urn Still Missing

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

Several items, including a stolen car, were recovered Wednesday after the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and SWAT teams executed two search warrants in relation to recent burglaries in Black Forest.

Following an investigation into the January 9 burglaries that, along with several other items, resulted in an urn being stolen, the sheriff's office executed search warrants in two homes in the Cimarron Hills area. While investigators say many stolen items were found, the whereabouts of the urn, which contains the ashes of a burglary victim's wife, is still unknown.

"We're going to continue to follow up on this case until we have exhausted every lead we can and recover all the stolen property," said Deputy Teresa Murphy with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

Bill Herrle is still hoping that the urn, containing his late wife's ashes will be found.

"That's the one thing I'm really looking for. I really don't care about the other things," said Bob Herrle.

Herrle got his hopes up over the weekend when a camera bag showed up at the Trinity Church of Nazarene with a note inside apologizing for taking the missing urn.

But when investigators opened the bag, nothing was inside and they fear the urn might have been stolen a second time.

Jeremy Farr, 23, was arrested on felony charges of two counts of motor vehicle theft, two counts of second-degree burglary, possession of weapons by a previous offender, possession of drugs and unlawful use of a financial transaction. He will be booked at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center on a $50,000 bond. Two additional suspects were already in custody on unrelated warrants. They are also believed to be involved in the burglary.

Christa McAuliffe Challenger School was on lockdown as a precautionary measure for a short time Wednesday while cops searched homes in the area. It was a precautionary measure, according to D-11, and no children were ever in danger.

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  • by james on Jan 20, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    Hmm if you consider cimarron hills north..what do you consider south? Canyon city? Moron....also..what's with the complaining..darned if you do darned if you don't with this town....looks like the urn detectives finally turned up some results....now if we could only catch all the troublesome puffers in this town!!! Lol
  • by james on Jan 20, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    Hmm if you consider cimarron hills north..what do you consider south? Canyon city? Moron....also..what's with the complaining..darned if you do darned if you don't with this town....looks like the urn detectives finally turned up some results....now if we could only catch all the troublesome puffers in this town!!! Lol
  • by Jared Location: cos on Jan 20, 2011 at 02:56 PM
    To Really: Not many ppl seem to have a clue about anything these days.. common sense isn't as common as you or I would expect.
  • by james on Jan 20, 2011 at 02:15 PM
    Hmm if you consider cimarron hills north..what do you consider south? Canyon city? Moron....also..what's with the complaining..darned if you do darned if you don't with this town....looks like the urn detectives finally turned up some results....now if we could only catch all the troublesome puffers in this town!!! Lol
  • by Really? Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    So what you propose Angry Parent & G is that law enforcement to a public announcement prior to execution of a search warrant?? Seriously? And for waiting till the kids are out of school how about after school activities and/or kids playing outside etc. When would be a good time for that then? Have we lost all common sense?
  • by DB Location: Colorado Springs on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:48 AM
    For "Angry Parent" and others - here's the thing, criminals, just like every other person - don't stay home! So one good chance is all law enforcement may ever get. The school lock down was just another layer of protection for your children (although you would be hard pressed to find the risk to them in any of these events). Sorry about your convenience; but I think getting this guy off the street WHILE keeping your children safe is a pretty good understanding of priorities and exercise in common sense by the Sheriff's office and SWAT. and - not to nit pick - it is indeed "complaining" pretty much by definition...
  • by JC Location: COS on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:37 AM
    What a bunch of whiners... big deal. The school was on lockdown as a precaution, they got the perp and you're STILL busting on the police. Did you think because you were in another county or "up north" you were exempt? NOT.
  • by Angry Parent on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    Its not complaining its called having common sense. Which very few people seem to have these days. I am very glad the police did their job successfully. But I still believe if they had any common sense they would have done it after was let out.
  • by County Resident on Jan 20, 2011 at 08:31 AM
    Great job again, EPSO. More deadbeat burglars off our streets, and now maybe the property seized can be returned to their rightful owners. As for those complaining about the "inconvenience" of having the nearby school on lockdown, just remember that old saying that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What would have happened if during the searches being conducted it all suddenly went south and shots went flying? What if the school kids were out on the playground? Instead of being put out because a school is on lockdown, be thankful that our deputies know what they are doing and know what procedures are best. Personally, I thank them and appreciate them all.
  • by Me Location: Cimarron Hills on Jan 20, 2011 at 07:44 AM
    You know...I am a little upset that I wasn't notified of the school being on lockdown until my fiance went to get my kids from school, but w/ that said dispite the inconvenience to show an ID when picking up kids I'm uber glad the school took those percautionary measures to ensure the safety of my kids. Being a parent teh safety of my kids is my #1 priority and because that is my #1 priority it's good to know that dispite all the budget cuts on our Police Departments in the past few years, EPSO was still able to conduct a search warrant and arrest the people responsible for committing a ring of burglaries in our community...therefore making our community safer for not only ourselves but the kids who go to school right across the street from where those people were residing. I applaude them for putting their lives on the line and keeping our community save. If it weren't for them our community would be more infested w/ crime then it already is.
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