Jun 2, 2014 9:56 PM by Lena Howland

Car theft victim takes matters into his own hands

A family on the east side of Colorado Springs woke up to crooks breaking into their car early Monday morning.

The suspects who broke into the family's car were quickly spooked when the resident took matters into his own hands to chase them away, while armed with a gun.

He says police showed up within minutes thinking he could be the suspect.

"I think another call was called in saying that there was misleading information about someone with a firearm trying to steal vehicles and it was the complete opposite, it was someone with a firearm trying to protect their vehicles," Kevin Zirfas, a 20-year resident of the home said.

The suspects broke into three different cars on the block, off Austin Bluffs Parkway and Stetson Hills Boulevard, prompting neighbors to also take matters into their own hands.

"Another neighbor came out with his firearm as well so we were just trying to kind of protect our area and protect our loved ones and our family," Zirfas said.

"A resident of a neighborhood this nice, you know, we kind of feel like we have an obligation to keep it that way," neighbor Eric Bodemer said.

Police recommend victims in similar situations should call 9-1-1 immediately instead of confronting the suspects.

"Stay someplace safe, grab a telephone, give us a call at 9-1-1 and become the absolutely best witness possible that you can be," Lt. Catherine Buckley, CSPD Public Information Officer said.

Zirfas says he didn't want to let the possible long wait times allow the suspect to get away.

"The officer last night told me after a busy weekend you can sometimes have a two hour wait time between when you call them and when they can come out to your situation, so a burglar is not going to stick around for two hours waiting for the cops to show up," Zirfas said.

Police want victims to stay away from the suspects because they could also be armed.

"You never know what that person out there is gonna have, if they're gonna have a weapon also," Lt. Buckley said.

If you have more information on the suspects of this case, call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000.



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