November 15, 2021: Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office responded to break-ins at two different sporting goods stores in Pueblo County overnight. Review of surveillance video has tied the two scenes together and added a third to this suspect's burglary spree.
An alarm at Vickey’s Guns on Santa Fe in Blende alerted law enforcement to the first burglary at 2:58 AM. Deputies arrived within minutes of the call, but the suspect had already fled. As deputies pulled up, they noticed someone had rammed the building’s front door. Video shows a white ford flatbed, Colorado license plate CHN711 leaving the scene and a single male suspect. He appears to be a 6 foot, approximately 150 pounds with shorter medium brown hair.
Less than two hours later, the same vehicle crashed through a loading door at Prairie Sporting Goods on Spaulding in Pueblo West. At this location several assorted caliber weapons were taken in the span of five minutes. Again, deputies arrived quickly, but the suspect was already gone. Pueblo County Sheriff’s deputies reviewed security camera videos and believe the same suspect, acting alone, is responsible for both burglaries.
In addition to these crimes, a pawn shop in the city limits of Pueblo was targeted in the time between the two county break-ins. In that case, the same white Ford F550 with a black flatbed was used to ram the building. Pueblo police say the vehicle was stolen from a business in Pueblo prior to the first burglary.
“This was brazen, events like this don’t occur in the county often,” says Sheriff Kirk M Taylor “and we are narrowing in on this suspect.” Sheriff Taylor insists no-one attempt to contact the person or stop the vehicle. Instead, he asks citizens who spot the suspect or vehicle call 911. “Inside two hours, this individual stole thousands of dollars’ worth of guns, did thousands of dollars more in property damage and demonstrated recklessness disregard toward others. They could become violent if confronted and should only be approached by trained law enforcement, so please us call if you know something about these incidents.”
Anyone with information on the suspect or has information about the location of the stolen truck or guns should call Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office 719/583-6250 or Pueblo Crimestoppers 719/544-STOP right away. A reward may be offered if the information you provide leads to solving this case.