Man uses pole to ram way into car dealership

Published: Feb. 26, 2018 at 5:58 AM MST
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A man used a metal pole to bust his way into a car dealership overnight.

"He ran [the pole] through the door -- like the window at the door -- and he gained entry through that window," CSPD Cpl. Juergen Petzl explained.

Once inside Finishline Motors, the suspect triggered a loud alarm, which Petzl speculated cut the burglary short.

"The alarm went off audible when he entered into the business and he probably was deterred by that loud sound and then left soon after."

The suspect left before officers arrived on scene.

But he was on the premises long enough for the owner -- watching the prowler's movements on surveillance video from home -- to get a good look at him. One shot in particular shows the suspect sauntering towards the camera carrying a roughly 10-foot pole, giving the owner and police a clear look at his face and the clothes he was wearing.

"At this point, we are trying to gather as much evidence as possible -- especially we're focusing on the video at this point -- seeing if we can find anything else," Petzl said.

Petzl told 11 News at this point in the investigation, it doesn't appear anything was stolen. The suspect did leave behind a few hundred dollars' worth of damage from breaking down the door.

Finishline Motors is located at 230 N. Chelton Road. The break-in happened just after 1 a.m. Monday. Anyone with information is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.