Four Arrested For 'Car Hopping' After Woman Witnesses Theft


A woman calls police after witnessing someone steal from her car, and it all ends with four arrests and the recovery of items from a string of car burglaries.

Police say they were called to the 4500 block of Lasater Trail just after midnight, where a witness observed a suspect enter into her car and others on the street. The suspect on foot was followed by a dark sedan.

When police arrived, they spotted a person on foot and a blacked out sedan with three occupants in the 4600 block of Dapple Grey. When the officer stopped the sedan, the suspect on foot fled the scene, but was caught shortly after at Pring Ranch and Barnes.

Police say a search of the car turned up several face plates to car stereos and a complete stereo that had been removed from a vehicle. Further investigation revealed that the suspects were going through the neighborhood checking for unlocked cars and taking items from them (a practice referred to as “car hopping”).

Officers contacted some of the victims who were able to identify their property. Officers observed many cars in the area that appeared to have been rummaged through, but could not determine if anything had been taken.

Four people, including three adults and one juvenile were arrested. Those adults have been identified as Manuel Martinez, Armand Morales, and Kenyon Hurt.

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  • by Bobbie on Apr 28, 2011 at 01:54 PM
    4 less crooks off of our streets. It's a start!
  • by RICHARD Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM
    RIF (Reading is Fundamental) ratfinkdude and Cop why don't you apply for a job at KKTV writing these news stories if you think you can do a better job. If you are a cop then wouldn't you better serve the people out doing your job than being on here making your limited knowledge of the law remarks. Well anyways glad they caught the punks.
  • by Missy Location: Colorado Springs on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    There seems to be a lot of bickering about whether these criminals are illegals. How about KKTV going the next step and investigate the legal status of the criminals and then print the whole story. But I doubt that would happen as KKTV employs sub-standard "journalists" with little ability to use correct grammar and spelling, let alone investigative skills. One can not assume criminals are illegals based upon their last name and that seems to be the issue based upon what I am reading in this blog.
  • by Daniel Location: C.S. on Apr 28, 2011 at 10:21 AM
    For those that like to stereotype and especially for RatFinkDude. Ignorance is no excuse for comments such as yours and others that convey stupid statements. As retired soldier with Hispanic heritage as an American your not smart.
  • by J Location: CS on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:57 AM
    I hope they try and come back, the next time they be hauled away in body bags!
  • by teacher Location: CS on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:53 AM
    RatFinkDude, where in the article says this has anything to do with Illegal Imigration?! For all we know, and it probably is, these were home grown criminals.
  • by debi on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:31 AM
    kudos to this woman whose actually had the nerve to call on these no good p.o.s criminals. do the crime do the time!!!!
  • by RatFinkDude Location: CS on Apr 28, 2011 at 09:24 AM
    Yeah, amnesty for all illegals. That will work.................
  • by Anonymous on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:38 AM
    Just another day in the Dream City.
  • by pete Location: colosprings on Apr 28, 2011 at 06:21 AM
    The terms "Robbery" and "Burglary" can not be used to mean the same thing. A robbery basically involves taking property from a person by 'force or fear.' A burglary involves entering a dwelling, business, vehicle with the intent to commit a crime such as theft. Thus, you can't ROB a car, since the car would not be, in all probability, 'In Fear.' Nor can you 'Rob' a house, but you can burglarize it. If there are people inside, you CAN Rob them.
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