POLICE: DUI Stop Leads to 2 Metal Theft Suspects

By: KKTV Email
By: KKTV Email

Detectives with the Scrap Metal Task Force in Colorado Springs say that two new arrests may clear about 50 cases of metal theft around the Pikes Peak region.

Investigators say one suspect, William Matuska, was arrested early Sunday morning, May 22, after police and state troopers pulled him over for a drunk driving stop at Aeroplaza Drive and E. Fountain Boulevard.

Investigators say they found back flow valves in the trunk of the 44-year-old's vehicle, as well as tools used to cut large pipes. A second suspect who had been with Matuska, 48-year-old Bruce Williams, was initially released by the State Patrol, but later picked up Scrap Metal Task Force officers thanks to the evidence found in the car.

Detectives say they had actually been investigating both men for several months. They've now linked the men to numerous thefts of back flow valves and copper pipe from several locations including residences, schools, city parks and businesses throughout the Pikes Peak area.

Kurt Schroeder with the Colorado Springs Parks and Recreation Department says in the last nine months they alone have had at least 50 of their water systems targeted by thieves.

"From the stand point of tax dollars literally tens of thousands of dollars we had to spend to go replace things that had been stolen, which otherwise could've been used on repairing a playground or keeping the grass green,” Schroeder said.

During the execution of search warrants at the suspects’ residences and storage facilities, several back flow valves and parts from back flow valves were recovered as well as tools used to steal the back flow valves.

Colorado Springs Police Sergeant Steve Noblitt says this is a big bust for the city.

"We are glad to get these two off the streets this is something that has been plaguing this city for a long time," Noblitt said.

Both suspects are being held at the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center in lieu of $50,000 bond. These arrest may clear 50 cases in the past six to twelve months. The damage estimate caused in the thefts is more than $150,000.


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  • by jedi on May 25, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    There is No law that states they have to tow your car. traffic hazard maybe but then the officer should have you pulled over in a safe spot. In fact it is officer dicretion. so the premise that they have to do an inventory is wrong. yes if towed it is policy not law. no one fights it.it is bull in case you state something is stolen ya right. wink wink. it is a story of what police say and want. officer will tow a car so they can search it without probable cause oh ya inventory it. sorry ha ha ha. people wake up know the law. please show me in the 4th admen where it talks about inventories. YOU CANT. call it what it is POLICE STATE. yes, glad they caught the crooks but we the people dont loose rights so cops can arrest someone. it is to protect everyone to include stupid people.
  • by jedi on May 25, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    There is No law that states they have to tow your car. traffic hazard maybe but then the officer should have you pulled over in a safe spot. In fact it is officer dicretion. so the premise that they have to do an inventory is wrong. yes if towed it is policy not law. no one fights it.it is bull in case you state something is stolen ya right. wink wink. it is a story of what police say and want. officer will tow a car so they can search it without probable cause oh ya inventory it. sorry ha ha ha. people wake up know the law. please show me in the 4th admen where it talks about inventories. YOU CANT. call it what it is POLICE STATE. yes, glad they caught the crooks but we the people dont loose rights so cops can arrest someone. it is to protect everyone to include stupid people.
  • by jedi Location: colorado springs on May 25, 2011 at 06:33 AM
    i am so glad state patrol is working in the city even though they have been told not too. figures the trooper was tooo stupid to figure out what the theives were doing. i know for fact all the state patrol wants are dui stats. in fact they have told troopers not to waste time on arrest of felonies so they could write more tickets. i will prove all these facts if you doubt me. state patrol is a joke and will lie an cover facts up. just ask about the dispatchers watching tv when the young girl died. oh but the supervisors knew there were problems with some of them having sex on duty in the conference room.
  • by Backflow Protection Location: Nationwide on May 24, 2011 at 10:10 PM
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  • by Trash on May 24, 2011 at 08:56 PM
    Some Trailer Park is missing 2 residents now.
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      by Amra on May 25, 2011 at 05:55 AM in reply to Trash
      Hey, I take exception to that. I own a mobile home, and I'm sure as heck no thief. Bad guys and good guys both live all over...apartments, houses, mobile homes, tents...
  • by M r X Location: se spgs on May 24, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    LMAO. if looks could kill these two have it. furthermore, what MAFIA organazation did they come from?
  • by John Location: C/S on May 24, 2011 at 04:16 PM
    How do you know they were stopped without probable cause? Were you on scene to witness this? Dont jump to conclusions Einstein.
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      by Wayne on May 25, 2011 at 04:37 AM in reply to John
      Thanks for your valuable input. :rolleyes: If they had been stopped at a DUI checkpoint, there would not have been probable cause, that was my statement. Since I misread the article, and they were stopped for suspicion of DUI, then cause was there. Happy now?
  • by Copper Penny Location: Colorado Springs on May 24, 2011 at 04:13 PM
    Wayne, where in this story does it talk about a DUI checkpoint? The last Governor took the DUI checkpoint monies and used them to balance the budget. Once you placed under arrest and have you car towed it must be inventoried so you don't come back on the officers and say that they took you 2K ring that you won out of a gumball machine. No violation of 4th Amendment. Can only suggest that you read the 4th Amendment before you speak about it.
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      by Wayne on May 24, 2011 at 04:34 PM in reply to Copper Penny
      Sorry, my fault, misread the article. I still stand by my opinion of DUI checkpoints, whether CO does them or not.
  • by Wayne on May 24, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    I am glad these guy were caught, however, they were stopped without probable cause and searched in violation of their 4th amendment rights. Yes, I know the courts have ruled DUI checkpoints legal, but that doesn't make it so.
  • by Regis on May 24, 2011 at 03:23 PM
    Dumb and dumber!
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