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Dec 25, 2012 8:20 PM by Matt Stafford

Police, neighbors stop burglary of minister's home in the act

Colorado Springs Police and neighbors were able to thwart a Christmas Day burglary of a pastor's house. Two people were arrested; police are looking for a third suspect.

Tuesday morning on the 2500 block of San Miguel St. neighbors saw people moving stuff out of a home where they knew the family that lived there was out of town. They also knew the home belonged to the church next door -- Central Church of the Nazarene; the children's minister and his family lived in the home. The neighbors called the church's youth minister, Jim Stevens, who lives nearby. Stevens came over to find the suspects still moving stuff out of the home.

"The guy came out of the back and then sort of rushed me, and hit me, and then threw stuff at me and took off," describes Stevens. He says he wasn't injured by the hit.

After that, two females came out of the house. Stevens caught one of them; the other was caught by Colorado Springs Police.

The three also left a car in the church's parking lot.

"With what we find in the car when we process it, and talking to the females that were arrested, we should be able to get to a conclusion," says Sgt. Tony Erickson with C.S.P.D.

Stevens is happy they were able to protect his friend and co-worker's home, but he's still a little discouraged about a Christmas Day burglary attempt.

"For one, on Christmas, but two, for a pastor's house; I don't know, just seems like a double hit to me," says Stevens. "We've got to love our neighbors today, you know, and this is not what I was expecting but I'm glad to be here for our neighbors."

 

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