Police: Armed suspect arrested in downtown Springs park days after gun, other items were stolen from a deputy’s vehicle
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - A man is in police custody days after allegedly stealing a gun, Taser and other items out of a marked sheriff’s office vehicle.
The brazen theft was reported in the wee hours of Sunday morning outside the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office headquarters in downtown Colorado Springs. The deputy reported locking the vehicle and discovered the break-in around 3:45 a.m.
The crook got away with a haul of law enforcement gear, including the deputy’s Glock 45, magazines and ammunition, a Taser, and the deputy’s ballistic vest, body camera, and sheriff’s office badge.
Two days after the crime, patrol officers with CSPD’s Downtown Area Response Team (DART) were alerted by a citizen that an armed man was hanging around Acacia Park. The police department says that when their officers contacted the man, they discovered the gun he was carrying was the stolen Glock 45. Officers also learned he had been convicted of a previous felony.
The suspect was identified by police as Chantry Loewen, 36. Loewen faces felony charges of first-degree criminal trespass and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
Police tell 11 News all but ballistic panels and handcuffs have been recovered.
Anyone with information on the crime is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000.
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