Colorado Springs Police say they've solved a string of burglaries in southern Colorado, but they need help finding more suspects.
Three teens are accused of breaking into several homes and stealing electronics, jewelry and guns.
Colorado Springs Police Lt. Mark Comte said the accused juveniles would walk along the creek to figure out which houses were empty. He said they would ring the front door bell, when no one answered they would jump the back fence and break into the house.
"They're kicking in the back doors or breaking windows to gain entry into the homes," said Lt. Comte. He doesn't think the kids were acting alone on their crime spree either. Unlike other recent burglaries and robberies, he thinks these thieves are not taking out of necessity. "I don't know if it's actually a sign of the economic times, or if it's a sign of they have something I want, I don't have it so I'm going to take theirs," added Lt. Comte.
Cops say they found a vacant home along Sand Creek where their suspects stored some stolen goods. "In one case we did find a home that contained some stolen property taken from other homes within the neighborhood," said Lt. Comte.
Crimes like this have cops on edge because they say they don't have the man power to proactively deal with criminals. "We are constantly in a reactive mode right now, so it's very frustrating," said Lt. Comte.
The names of the three suspects are not being releases because all three of them are underage.
Colorado Springs police say because these suspects took weapons they could face first and second degree felony burglary charges.
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