Teens Arrested For String Of Crimes

From left: Justin Pace, Scotty Johnson (Credit: CSPD)
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Two teenagers are facing some serious charges. They're accused of committing a string of recent crimes in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs police reported Saturday morning the arrest of Justin Pace, 18, and Scotty Johnson, 18. Both are suspected of stealing identification cards, credit cards and other property in multiple burglaries and car break-ins in Colorado Springs.

Police said homes on Many Moon Drive and Sky Hawk Court that had garage doors left open were targeted. The car break-ins happened on Wilson Road and Bison Ridge Drive. Police said Saturday they notified many of the victims before they realized a crime had been committed.

“It’s nice to have [my property] back and have it back the day it happened,” said Mike Green, who heard from police early Saturday morning.

The suspects reportedly grabbed a cell phone from the car and some tools from Green’s garage, which was accidentally left open Friday night.

“In essence we didn't know it was missing and got it back before we realized it was gone, which is a good thing," he said.

Green said officers told him the grandmother of one of the suspects initially called police. Police report they took a call from someone who said two men staying at her house had ID cards that weren't theirs. Officers went to the home in the 4100 block of Chestnut Drive to investigate the call. Police report Justin Pace grabbed the identification cards and ran from officers and threw the cards away in an alley.

Pace eventually went back to the home on Chestnut and police arrested him and Scotty Johnson.

Green is grateful the tip led to the return of his property.

"There’s so much bad going around,” he said. “If everybody just did a little bit, and picked up that phone and makes a call we'd be much better off I think."

Pace and Johnson were booked into the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center and are due to make a first court appearance on Monday.