4 Arrested After Stolen Car Crashes Into Pawn Shop
Michael Vidalhttp://www.kktv.com/home/headlines/4...151854945.htmlFor months, a number of businesses in Colorado Springs have been targeted by crooks using vehicles to gain entry inside. And for months, these crimes went unsolved.
Just last week, several businesses were struck over a period of 48 hours. Police were able to locate a stolen vehicle connected with the burglaries, left at one of the medical marijuana dispensaries hit on May 11, but the suspects continued to elude them.
Now, Springs police could be on the verge of cracking this case after making arrests Thursday morning.
Four suspects - Brandon Jay, Michael Vidal, Kodiak Gonzalez and one juvenile male - were arrested after allegedly smashing a vehicle into Acme Pawn near North Academy and Austin Bluffs, then climbing into the store through the hole and burglarizing it.
Police say the burglars stole weapons, electronics and jewelry from the store, and used a stolen car to gain entry. All were recovered at a undisclosed location.
The suspects are now being questioned, and could face a number of charges if connected to the rash of pawn shop and medical marijuana dispensary break-ins. Just the Acme Pawn break-in alone could lead to stolen vehicle, burglary and weapon-related charges.
http://blogs.westword.com/latestword...do_springs.phpIn most instances, breaking and entering involves a thief smashing a window or kicking in a door. But Michael Vidal and three compatriots are accused of taking B&E to the next level -- by gaining access to a building into an exterior wall with a stolen car and taking loot through the hole. And Colorado Springs cops suspect they may have done it more than once.
As KRDO-TV notes, there have been a string of similar burglaries in the Springs of late, sometimes complete with surveillance video showing the scofflaws making their entrance in a big way.
At 11:05 p.m. on Wednesday, officers received another call on theme, prompted by an alarm triggered at Acme Pawn, on the 3900 block of North Academy Boulevard. When they arrived, they found a large, vehicle-size hole in the wall, plus some stolen property: KRDO describes it as electronics, jewelry and, maybe, some weapons. But they also found something else -- a clue that led them to a nearby apartment.
What was it? Did one of the scofflaws drop a wallet? At this point, the cops aren't saying. But at the apartment, they claim to have discovered the evidentiary motherlode: goods from Acme and other burglaries, plus the vehicle they believe was used to make an opening in Acme. It showed signs of serious damage -- and when contacted, its owner had no clue that it had been used as a battering ram.
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