Antique Jail Cell Stolen, Destroyed, Sold For Scrap

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

An antique 1800-era jail cell was stolen from the Gold Hill Mesa Subdivision in March. Police say four suspects cut the historic cell into pieces and sold it as scrap.

The one-man jail cell was used in Old Colorado City around the time gold-milling was getting started in Colorado Springs. It was believed to be the last remaining cell of its type in the world.

Colorado Springs police say they’ve identified four suspects in the theft and destruction of the historic cell. Charles McNew, 27, and Joshua Vaughn, 23, are already under arrest and charged with felony theft. Officers are still looking for Jessica Ramsey, 23, and Kenneth Hanowell, 22.

McNew and Vaughn were both on probation at the time of the theft. McNew was serving eight years of probation for the theft of street light wire in 2011 and Vaughn was serving two years for a 2011 burglary of copper and other electrical components from the former Express Inn.

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  • by jessica Location: 939 s. conejose on Apr 22, 2012 at 07:12 PM
    Well. Here me out
  • by Dan Location: C/S on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:18 AM
    "Subdivision" not "Substation" Reading is fundamental.
  • by @ Anon on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:18 PM
    Get an education and understand the difference between "SUBDIVISION" AND "SUBSTATION" Smh.
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      by Jan on Apr 19, 2012 at 09:04 PM in reply to @ Anon
      The person that wrote that is very educated I assume. Communication is being understood and has nothing to do with being grammatically correct. I see your post @Anon all over this site and you seem to have a huge ego. You come across as have Napoleon Syndrome. Education is the ability to apply what you've learned. That is why there are more self made millionaires without a college degree than with. Big deal, the person made a typo. No one cares what you write with all your attitude.
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        by Mike on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:22 AM in reply to Jan
        The point is if you read "substation" instead of "subdivision" you are under the impression that this jell cell was stolen from the CSPD Gold Hill police substation when in fact it was stolen from a neighborhood subdivision called Gold Hill Mesa. Big difference.
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        by SMH @ Jan on Apr 20, 2012 at 01:57 AM in reply to Jan
        Actually Jan, ahem, this is the first time I've posted a comment on kktv. Nice try, k thanks sit down.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 08:13 PM
    The cops on duty at this substation should all be fired. Does someone actually expect us to feel appreciative that the cops arrested the suspects? This was done after the fact of cutting up a metal structure than loading it in a vehicle, waiting for a salvage yard to be open, then the salvage exchange transpired. The cops on duty there must have been really busy logging overtime and preparing for the media blitz instead of observing their surroundings like most citizens do. Great job CSPD on your after the fact response. The majority of you are hideous to include your chief. Forget your request for additional funds for police vehicles. I'd rather see all you walk or fired since it's apparently too much effort to do your job with all the tools you have at your disposal.
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      by appreciates cspd on Apr 19, 2012 at 09:13 PM in reply to
      I have a feeling the cops on duty were probably out on the streets responding to idiot calls for service from people like yourself. And by that I mean unappreciative, self absorbed, nothings ever good enough type. Pound sand.
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        by Steve on Apr 20, 2012 at 02:49 AM in reply to appreciates cspd
        I used to appreciate the CSPD too, until they "accidently" served a search warrant on the wrong house. There are a lot of good cops in the CSPD but there is more bad than there is good unfortunately. It is unbelievable to me how many COPS have been arrested from that department in the last 3 years. It is also conveinent how many the general publice don't know about, it doesn't all get reported to the news.
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      by Citizen K on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:53 AM in reply to
      Gold Hill Mesa Subdivision is NOT the same as Gold Hill Substation. One is a NEIGHBORHOOD and the other is a POLICE STATION. It would help to ACTUALLY READ the article, don't you think? But, then again, with the completely moronic comments you make regarding our city's law enforcement and your asinine opinions as to how they should do their jobs, I doubt you can REALLY read at all.
  • by Curious Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 19, 2012 at 07:53 PM
    Why is there a picture of Lillie attached to this article? There is no reference to him at all. KKTV once again not proofing their stories...
  • by OMG Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 19, 2012 at 05:54 PM
    Soooo, who was in charge of the placement and security of this thing? Maybe these fantastic citizens (see photos tab) misunderstood and thought this was the last existing Jail cell in Colorado Springs and that's why they were trying to destroy it. I think the punishment should fit the crime.... sooo.. lets throw them in a Jail. I want to see them try and make scrap metal from CJC.
  • by does it matter on Apr 19, 2012 at 04:48 PM
    what a crackhead move n of course they look like some straight crackheads
  • by Keith Location: Cripple Creek on Apr 19, 2012 at 03:58 PM
    There is such a jail cell on display in Cripple Creek at the jail museum. It's sitting outside. Or should I have not mentioned it in case someone else has the same idea for scrap metal.
  • by Bill Location: 80903 on Apr 19, 2012 at 03:39 PM
    They did NOT steal this from in front of a "substation." It says they stole it from a Colorado Springs "sudivision" (Gold Hill Mesa). Which still begs the question: if the jail cell was so rare why was it on display in an unprotected or unsecured location?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 19, 2012 at 03:23 PM
    Let me get this straight. They stole this from in front of a substation and not one cop noticed it being stolen. That the cops did not even have it secured. This would be hilarious if it was not so sad.
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      by Citizen K on Apr 20, 2012 at 05:55 AM in reply to
      Nope, you don't have it straight yet. :) They stole it from a SUBDIVISION (a neighborhood). Gold Hill Substation and Gold Hill Mesa Subdivision are two different things.
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