Thieves break into 20-plus cars in one Castle Rock neighborhood

Police almost caught the suspects in neighborhood
Posted at 9:30 PM, Apr 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-04-11 00:12:35-04

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Thieves broke into at least 20 cars in The Meadows neighborhood in Castle Rock early Monday morning, and now police are asking for help finding the suspects.

Police said a neighbor heard a car alarm going off around 3 a.m. and called 911. When officers arrived, they saw the suspect's vehicle, but it was speeding into oncoming traffic, so they did not give chase.

Jana Lundvall said police knocked on her door at 4 a.m. with the news.

"They shattered the passenger side window and stole my daughter's wallet and backpack," Lundvall said. "All of the nursing stuff for school was in there, and she had clinical hours, so she is freaking out how she is going to prove those hours. It's just so violating."

Her next-door neighbor got the same wake up call.

"They broke out the driver's side window," said Jennifer Townsend, who said all three of her cars were rummaged through, and the thieves got everything from a wallet to an heirloom necklace. "My husband spent about 5 hours today getting his credit card canceled and new driver’s license, so it's been a rough day."

Police said they saw two men in the suspect's car, a maroon 2012 Cadillac SRX with Colorado license plates QMU701.

The car had been stolen from Highland Ranch several days ago, police said.

And while police said they have physical evidence, including blood, from the car break-ins, they are asking for the public's help finding the car and the suspects.

They also said car break-ins always increase this time of year across the Denver Metro, and it's a reminder to close windows, lock doors and remove valuables from the car.

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