A wanted auto thief in Southern Colorado is now behind bars. Police say he’s been stealing cars in Colorado Springs and Pueblo for months.
Pueblo police tried to pull over a vehicle on Pueblo’s northwest side of town Thursday morning. The driver sped off. He ditched the car in front of a home about ten blocks away.
Police say the vehicle was a yellow Acura that was stolen out of Colorado Springs.
After a foot chase, police arrested the suspected car thief who is only 17-years-old.
"I'm just glad they caught him to get him out of the neighborhood to make it safer for our kids,” said Gina, who lives nearby.
The neighborhood is just one block away from Somerlid Elementary. The perimeter of the school was secured for about an hour as police searched for the suspect.
"You just don't want those kind of people around the schools, in our area, around our children,” said Gina.
Investigators say the teenager has been linked to at least eight different thefts in Pueblo and Colorado Springs. They expect that number to rise as their investigation continues.
He was charged with this theft and was booked into the Pueblo Youth Detention Facility. Police will not release his name because he is a juvenile.
Another person was in the vehicle and took off running. Police were not able to find him. They do not know who the person who or if they are tied to the auto theft. They are looking for them for questioning.
Investigators are looking into how many stolen vehicle cases the teenager is linked to. Stay with KKTV as we learn more about the alleged crimes and what charges the suspect could face.
Police also tell 11 News that a Wednesday night arrest of a juvenile may be connected to the crimes. The suspect the two were working together.