Suspects Named in Thefts of Fallen Hero's Memorabilia

By: Shannon Brinias Email
By: Shannon Brinias Email


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One arrest has been made, and another suspect is being sought, in the theft of items stolen from the family of a fallen airman. Twenty-nine-year-old Denard Thompson is in custody. Suspect Dwain Boyd is still at large.

Deputies believe Thompson and Boyd were involved in breaking into a rental car at the Golden Corral on Waynoka Drive in Colorado Springs last Tuesday.

The parents and the airman's widow say the arrest is encouraging. "They've really worked hard to try to take care of this situation for us," says Gary Smith, the airman's father.

Several items were taken, including a laptop and dog tags, belonged to Senior Airman Bradley Smith. His widow and mother had rented a car while in Colorado Springs for Smith's memorial service at Fort Carson.

Thompson was arrested last Friday, but El Paso County Sheriff's Office didn't make the information public so as to not hinder efforts to recover the stolen items. So far, the items haven't been recovered.

Deputies are asking the public to keep an eye out for a duffel bag that is oddly placed next to a trash can or hiding in the bushes. It could be the bag that belongs to the airman's family.

A $3,000 reward for the safe return of the belongings.

Boyd is wanted on charges of Felony Theft, First Degree Criminal Trespass, and Conspiracy.

Thompson faces charges of Theft by Receiving, First Degree Criminal Trespass, and Conspiracy to Commit Felony Theft. He's being held on a $3,000 bond.

The Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's help in locating Boyd and the stolen items. If you have any information, contact authorities at 719-390-5555 or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP (7867).

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