Colorado Springs man injured trying to stop car thieves

Posted at 4:48 PM, Jun 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-07 18:48:58-04

A brazen car theft sent a man to the hospital in Colorado Springs after he spotted thieves taking his car right out of his garage and jumped onto the vehicle. The crime happened just before midnight Thursday in the 6000 block of Revelstoke Drive in the Wolf Ranch subdivision.

The victim was smoking a cigarette in another car parked outside his home when he saw a group of teenage boys run into the open garage and climb into the family’s Jeep Liberty. The keys were reportedly left in the car.

The young man’s father told News 5 that his son got injured as the teens sped away down the block. He decided to let go as they slowed to make a turn. He broke his arm and scrapped his body against the pavement. Police officers who responded to the call said the young man was dragged several hundred yards.

"My heart goes out to the family," said neighbor Tracy Wilson. "We love them a lot,"

She lives next door but said she didn’t hear the commotion taking place. Wilson has been worried about the young man since learning about the ordeal this morning.

"We have barbeques together and just a really sweet, loving family and they didn’t deserve that," Wilson said.

The victim’s father posted about the incident on the social media site Nextdoor. Several neighbors responded to the post by saying that a group teenage boys in a similar white truck were thought to be responsible for a rash of thefts from garages and unlocked cars just a few days earlier.

"I’m kinda shocked actually for our neighborhood to have that happen and I mean right from the garage," said Wilson.

The police tell us there are 4 suspects, all are white, teenaged boys. They believe they were driving a Ford 150 when they stopped at the victim’s home.

No arrests have been made. However, the victim’s father told us that he thought the police had already recovered the stolen Jeep.

A department spokesman couldn’t confirm whether the suspects from the car theft were connected to the other thefts in the neighborhood. However, officers are aware of those previous crimes. 

Anyone with information that could help investigators is asked to call the department at 444-7000.