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Posted on: February 9, 2018

Castle Rock Police apprehend auto theft suspects, multiple cars broken into

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Two female suspects are behind bars after a crime spree in Crystal Valley that occurred early Thursday morning. Castle Rock Police are crediting new technology for helping identify the suspects.

Officers were called to the Crystal Valley subdivision around 8:46 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. A witness had reported watching the female suspects attempting to break into a car. When the suspects drove away from the scene, another witness followed them to the 1300 block of West Plum Creek Parkway. That’s where the driver lost control of the car and crashed into a ditch. Both suspects then fled on foot.

Castle Rock Police immediately determined the car was stolen and displaying stolen license plates.

Police say the suspects were picked up by a passing motorist along Plum Creek Parkway. A witness saw the suspects get into this vehicle and alerted an officer in the area.  That’s where officers say they stopped the vehicle, identified and arrested the female suspects.

“This was an excellent example of collaboration between members of our community and our police officers,” said Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley. “The officers were able to locate the suspects within minutes of the 911 calls coming into our dispatch center. Through the use of new technology, the officers were able to positively identify the suspects at the scene using a mobile fingerprint scanner. Additionally, the officers were able to communicate with a victim and a witness using a live audio interpreter on their iPhone.”

Police say, evidence recovered from the car involved in the accident has been tied to at least 10 car break-ins from Castle Rock and the surrounding communities. Both female suspects have been booked into the Douglas County Detention Center and charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal trespass, theft and conspiracy. Additionally, the driver, Crystal Moore, was charged with reckless driving, leaving the scene of an accident, driving on a revoked license, possession of a schedule II narcotic as well as two warrants for her arrest from other agencies.

Investigators say there could be additional car break-ins and are asking residents to check there cars.  If you believe your car was broken into, please contact the Castle Rock Police Department at 303-663-6100.

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