Police Suspect Pattern of Home Burglaries

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Colorado Springs police are investigating two home break-ins that happened hours apart in northeast Colorado Springs. Two men reportedly kicked in two doors, startling one homeowner who was home at the time.

When Terri Mitchell pulled up to her home near Union Boulevard and Dublin Boulevard Wednesday afternoon police had the house surrounded.

“We’ve lived here 19 years without any problems,” Terri said.

Officers were looking for the burglars who broke through her dead-bolted door.

"There was wood splintered and drywall everywhere,” Terri said. “It was pretty violent looking really."

Terri had stepped out, around lunchtime, when two burglars targeted her house taking her flat screen TV and some jewelry.

"It's a pretty secure place. It’s a pretty bold move in my opinion, a very bold move on their part," she said about the crooks.

A damaged entrance may not be the only thing Terri has in common with the family at a home near Briargate Parkway and Lexington Drive. Two would-be bandits ran when they saw someone was behind the door they kicked in. Police report there are similarities in the two break-ins.

"That takes it up a notch and makes it more of a violent crime, and so we're certainly concerned about that as a potentially developing pattern,” said Sgt. Richard DuVall.

DuVall said burglars look for easy targets. Securing a home with locked windows, doors with sturdy locks as well as outdoor lighting systems can help reduce a homeowner’s risk.

"Take whatever precautions that sound reasonable," DuVall said.

According to police, the suspects were described as two black males, one wearing a white tank top and the other a blue polo shirt. The suspect vehicle was described as a white sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Impala.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers in Colorado Springs at 634-STOP.