A family's trip to a convenience store ended with two arrests after police say they were found in a vehicle stolen from a Fort Carson soldier.
Officers were initially called to Alta Convenience on Templeton Gap in Colorado Springs just after midnight Wednesday on reports of someone breaking into the car wash coin machines. But when police arrived, instead of finding crooks burglarizing the coin machines, they came across a truck that had been reported stolen on July 24. A married couple and their 18-year-old son had allegedly driven to the gas station in it. Springs police determined the vehicle they were in was the same GMC Sierra that had been stolen from a soldier who serving overseas.
When police went to arrest 41-year-old Lawrence Arden, they say he took off running. Officers chased him across the street and through residential yards, finally ending the chase by tasing him on someone's front lawn. Once Arden was subdued, he was taken into custody for motor vehicle theft and unrelated felony warrants.
Back at the convenience store, police discovered that there were warrants out for Arden's 18-year-old son Dylan. Dylan was also taken into custody.
Police say they could not prove that Arden's wife knew the vehicle was stolen. She was allowed to leave.
Police tell 11 News they never found evidence of coin machine break-ins, the original crime they were called to the convenience store to investigate.