Man Accused Of Stealing Jeep, Neighbors Say They Are Targeted By Crooks

A woman who lives on the southwest side of Colorado Springs says she watched her Jeep being stolen, but there was nothing she could do to stop it. Neighbors tell 11 News, they feel like they have become the targets of crooks.

Police say the Jeep was stolen at about 2:15 a.m. July 5 near 8th Street. Hours later, Ryan Sunderland was arrested after allegedly driving that Jeep erratically on trails near the Stratton Open Space.

11 News spoke to the Jeep's owner. She tells us she yelled and screamed, and even chased after the vehicle while it was being stolen, but it was too late. The driver got away.

Police say later that day, at about 8:50 a.m., the Jeep was spotted near the open space. Witnesses told police the driver went around a locked gate, and was driving dangerously.

Officers say the tracked the vehicle down north of Bear Creek Park, on the 2700 block of Lower Gold Camp Road.

Officers say they could see both the suspect and the vehicle from a high vantage point. They say they set up a perimeter, but then lost sight of the vehicle after the suspect drove it into some trees.

They say Sunderland got out and ran, but was caught by police. He faces charges for the vehicle theft and other, felony charges.

Police say the Jeep was damaged, but returned to the registered owner. 11 News spoke to the owner, and she told us it will cost about $2,000 to repair those damages.

Neighbors tell 11 News someone tried to break into a home recently in the same neighborhood. They tell us they have made reports to the police, and are waiting to see what happens.