2 teens accused of stealing items from Longmont cars

Posted on: 6:24 pm, November 27, 2012, by , updated on: 06:25pm, November 27, 2012

LONGMONT, Colo. — Longmont police are sending out a warning to anyone leaving doors unlocked.

Police say two teens took advantage of residents’ sense of security Sunday night. According to police, a 15-year-old boy, and 18-year-old Tucker Sanchez-Benson went house to house stealing items from unlocked cars and garages.

Commander Jeff Satur with the Longmont Police said, “Anything that was left unlocked they were going in and rifling, the glove boxes, center consoles, and stealing whatever they could get their hands on.”

A victim, who did not want to be named, told FOX31 Denver he noticed the dome lights on in his car around 4:30 a.m. Sunday. When he realized things were missing from his car and garage, he called police.

Police say they caught up with the teens an hour later down the road, dressed in black and carrying the alleged stolen items.

There may be up to 70 more victims, Satur said. Police are asking people to check their sheds, cars, and garages.

“Even if nothing was missing but their glove box was rifled, we’d like to know about that because we did make an arrest and we want these kids to be held accountable for their actions,” Satur said.

Police say the crime spree started around 1:30 a.m. Sunday and ended with the arrest around 5:30 a.m. in the 900 block of Spencer Street. They say most of the thefts took place in the neighborhood between 3rd and 11th Avenues and Coffman and Sunset streets.

Sanchez-Benson was in court Tuesday. Since the case against him is still developing he will remain in custody and appear in court again Wednesday.

Police are asking everyone to lock their car and garage doors. “Prevent theft. Hide it, lock it, or lose it,” Satur said.