String Of Burglaries In Colorado Springs

By: Patrick Nelson Email
By: Patrick Nelson Email

Police say there have been a string of burglaries in Colorado Springs this morning. It started with a Rent-A-Center.

Police say just before 1:30am the Rent-A-Center on Austin Bluffs near Academy was burglarized. Thieves got away with two big screen televisions.

Law enforcement is calling it a classic smash and grab burglary. They say the crooks broke a front window and stole the big screens in just a couple minutes.

Another Rent-A-Center on East Pikes Peak was broken into, but at this time police do not know what was taken from that store. Employees tell 11 News that this isn't the first time someone has tried to drive a vehicle through the front doors of that store.

Next was the Universal Motor Sports on North Academy. Someone in a black pick-up truck backed into the front doors. According to police, nothing was taken.

Over the past four years, Universal Motor Sports was broken into and vandalized more than 20 times, according to the owner.

Next was the Game Stop on Space Center Drive. Police say a truck backed into the store. But again, police say nothing was taken.

At this time, police are looking for a black pick-up truck. Police are not saying if the burglaries are connected yet, but 11 News reporters saw shards of broken glass outside Universal Motor Sports. The owner says the glass is not from his building.

Police say their biggest challenge in finding these thieves will be a lack of surveillance footage. At least two of the businesses did not have surveillance systems.

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  • by Clueless on Jan 25, 2012 at 03:37 PM
    It's all because of marijuana! I knew as soon as it was legalized that it was only a matter of time before all the potheads went crazy and crime explodes!
  • by DanReeves Location: CO on Jan 25, 2012 at 11:47 AM
    Sounds like these guys do this a lot. Sounds to me like the stores that we not burglurized are the ones that they didn't get a good enough smash to go in and out quickly enough...
  • by WOW! on Jan 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM
    Creepy! I woke up this morning and saw a black truck sitting outside my house, engine running. He sat there for a good 20 minutes before finally leaving. I had no clue who it was either...
  • by Denny on Jan 25, 2012 at 06:57 AM
    Crack heads going shopping is all. They don't wanna have to work for their habit, just steal.
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