Burglar hits police cruiser after Walgreens break-in

Published: Nov. 14, 2019 at 6:29 AM MST
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A burglar rammed into a police cruiser twice trying to flee from officers late Wednesday night.

The prowler smashed in the front door of a Walgreens at Garden of the Gods and Centennial a little before midnight and made his way inside. After grabbing merchandise, he was caught on surveillance leaving the store and driving off. The break-in triggered the store's burglary alarm, alerting police.

As officers searched the strip mall to check for other break-ins, they saw the suspect drive back up to the Walgreens. When one of the officers tried to stop him, the suspect backed into the police cruiser, then hit it a second time as he peeled out of the parking lot.

A police sergeant tells 11 News the damage to the cruiser was minimal. The officer was unhurt.

Currently, the only description released by police is that the SUV was silver and likely has front-end damage. The suspect was male.

No other businesses in the area were broken into, but the sergeant tells 11 News the burglar may have intended to hit more stores if officers hadn't shown up.