COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Police say five teens are in custody following a weekend-long crime spree that culminated in a chase in the streets and underground tunnels near the Citadel Mall.
CSPD spokesperson Lt. Howard Black says the suspects were involved in a series of robberies and carjackings starting Friday night into early Sunday morning. Police got a break in the case Sunday when an officer spotted a vehicle linked to the crimes.
"Officers had information on some suspected stolen vehicles that some of these bandits were in," Black said. "As officers were on routine patrol, an officer observed one of the vehicles that they thought was occupied by some of our suspects."
A car chase started, during which officers saw a second car connected to the spree.
"They then additionally went after the second car, in which bailed out of that car. So we had two separate foot pursuits occurring with multiple individuals," Black said.
The police department sent an alert just before 7 Sunday morning urging people in the area of Platte and Chelton to stay inside while officers searched the area:
"You are asked to stay indoors; please lock and stay away from windows and doors. Please stay out of the immediate area until further notice. CSPD will send an all-clear message when appropriate. Officers are looking for two males and one female wearing dark colored clothing. They are considered armed and dangerous. Police K9 units will be deploying dogs in the area."
Officers fanned out across a wide area looking for the robbers: