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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  • by L Location: C/S on Feb 19, 2010 at 12:39 PM
    I am most definitely with Dirk! Same goes for all those sitting in prison on death row that we know will never be executed. Save the taxpayers some money and send them to Afghanistan and Iraq for a year.
  • by mj on Feb 19, 2010 at 11:26 AM
    I'm with Dirk.
  • by Dirk Location: COS on Feb 18, 2010 at 03:34 PM
    Punishment for these two wastes of space: 12 month tour in Afghanistan. Make them EARN their freedom. I get so sick of hearing about scumbags like this and the innocent people they victimize.
  • by Not understanding Location: CS on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    Hey DWAIN ....... come out come out where ever you are! We are going to find you; if you don't. May not be today but it WILL happen.
  • by resident Location: colo springs on Feb 17, 2010 at 10:18 PM
    Just to point out that CSPD had nothing to do with this. This is the work of Deputies. I want to move into the county because those guys do very good work. I have CSPD for a case where my car was broke into, they said I needed to come down and fill out a report in the station and they would probably not be able to do anything about it. Deputies actually care about us and work for us. I wish we could give them more because they are the ones who deserve it. Thank you El Paso County Sheriff's Office.
  • by OldTimer Location: UpNorth on Feb 17, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    Drop him off at the gate at Fort Carson. He will talk in short order.
  • by OBJECTIVE TRUTH Location: WESTSIDE on Feb 17, 2010 at 12:16 PM
    What low life scum. All thieves should be shot on sight!
  • by Debi Location: Pueblo on Feb 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM
    how embarrassing! he should be ashamed of himself...i'm so glad they caught em...
  • by jane Location: florida on Feb 17, 2010 at 10:30 AM
    Jeff- the smith family has a very large network of friends
  • by Jane Location: florida on Feb 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM
    this is great! I am glad they got 1 of them now the hunt for the other.please just give up the items return them to the Smith family
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