Car Windows Smashed In North Colorado Springs Neighborhoods

By: Marybeth Brush Email
By: Marybeth Brush Email

Some homeowners on alert in our community after several car break-ins on their streets. This happened in more than one neighborhood in Colorado springs.

Several car owners in at least two neighborhoods were targeted. The break-ins happened on a few streets surrounding Academy International School, near Union Boulevard and Charity Drive Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Now those residents are dealing with having to fix car windows and replacing possessions that are now gone.

Tracy Ellis thought she was having a normal Tuesday morning, getting her kids ready for school. That is until she got to her car. "In the mad dash to get them out, came out and noticed my car charger on the driveway, or ground, and noticed the radio was out of my car," says Ellis.

Ellis left her car unlocked overnight. The unlocked door gave thieves easy access to her Honda's CD/radio. "Well, it looks like they took a tool and tried to jimmy it out," says Ellis.

Another victim 11 News spoke with is concerned that police didn't show up overnight. "If there's no suspect information and it's not an ongoing circumstance, then we don't immediately dispatch officers. We leave our officers for other resources and core services," says Lt. David Whitlock of the Colorado Springs Police Department.

Ellis now says it's a lesson learned, the hard way. "It makes me realize you always have to keep your guard up and, ya know, to put my car in the garage and lock it," says Ellis.

She considers herself lucky that just her radio was stolen since her garage door opener was also in her car.

If you have these car break-ins, you are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by jared Location: cos on Feb 6, 2010 at 04:30 PM
    Police in the Springs suck.. what's new?
  • by Done with CSPD Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 5, 2010 at 10:34 AM
    I would also like to add that my son was ticketed for speeding on his way to school the next day in the same car that had its window smashed the night before. At the end of his conversation with the officer he asked why the police were not there to stop the thieves the night before, but so quick nab someone for speeding in the same neighborhood. The officer responded that, since the community voted down the police department's budget increase, they were no longer responding to citizen calls. I'm sure the police department spokesman will paint a different picture, but remember that he is a "spokesman" trained in manipulating public opinion and an expert in diverting attention away from negligence on the police department’s part.
  • by Done with CSPD Location: Colorado Springs on Feb 5, 2010 at 09:52 AM
    Here is what happened to us. Our car was broken into in front of our home on this evening. All of our porch lights were on, the car was parked in a lighted area, and the thieves still ignored those tactics. Fortunately, our neighbor scared them off before they could take more than a few items from the car. I notified CSPD immediately and was told that since the crime was not "active", they would not respond. At that point, I decided to drive around the neighborhood to just see if the criminals were still in the area. I did not find them, but I did find a CSPD officer taking radar a few blocks from my home. I immediately called a lieutenant at the Falcon station and he informed me that the officer was assigned to traffic control (at 12:30 AM) and not neighborhood patrol. While I was speaking to him, I followed the patrol car as it made a sweep through another neighborhood away from the crimes. It's obvious that police work is about money and there is no profit in catching real criminals
  • by Citizen K on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:42 AM
    Greg, We do as well. Never had a problem. If common sense were as catching as ignorance and whining, the problem would be solved already.
  • by Darrin Location: The 'village' on Feb 3, 2010 at 11:01 AM
    If you make yourself a victim, then you will pay the consequences. Common sense served me well both and in Iraq. I'm still alive.
  • by Greg on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:19 AM
    Here's some free ideas: LOCK YOUR CAR! TURN ON YOUR PORCH LIGHTS! I get off work at 8:00PM and enjoy a walk in my neighborhood to unwind. I cannot believe how dark everyone leaves their driveways and yards. Get a couple of new energy saving fluorescent bulbs and put em in your porchlights. Might set you back what, a buck per month for electricity? I keep my driveway and yard area lit up like a Christmas tree from dusk to dawn (making sure my light does not infringe on my neighbors privacy) and I have never had any incident of crime/vandalism in the 12 years I have owned my home. My neighbors up and down the street have, though.
  • by Angry Location: colorado springs on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:11 AM
    I just had my car windows smashed and I don't live in that area I live in the briarglen apartments and several of my neighbors cars have been hit as well. Its getting pretty insane and its very upsetting.
  • by Debi Location: Pueblo on Feb 3, 2010 at 09:05 AM
    yea, and you can't even touch someone if you catch em stealing from, breaking into, trespassing on your property. to me is says go ahead thief take whatever you want. i will get in trouble if your hurt laying on the ground, because i was protecting MY property. they should let the property owners protect their own. because the police won't do a darn thing, only if your laying half dead. it happens in pueblo too. thieves everywhere....get a job!
  • by ss Location: springs on Feb 3, 2010 at 08:48 AM
    its obvious were just wasteing our tax money on a police dept that cant even do their jobs!!! we would be better off policeing ourselves!!
  • by Anonymous on Feb 3, 2010 at 07:50 AM
    ss: The same thing happened to me. Police said if there were no witnesses and no evidence left behind, I was just simply out of luck.
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