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Colorado Springs teen suspected of breaking into 50 cars in week caught by K-9

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — An 18-year-old boy is suspected of breaking into approximately 50 vehicles in one week, the Colorado Springs Police Department said Thursday.

Police said officers got a report of a burglary in progress at 2 a.m. Monday. The suspect had taken a remote control for the garage door from an unlocked car parked outside the home and used it to get inside, police said.

When officers responded, they saw a man dressed in black. When the man saw the officers, he ran, police said.

(Photo: Colorado Springs Police Department)

Investigators set up a perimeter, and brought in K-9 Ozzie and his partner, officer Alan Radke. They searched the area for about an hour before finding the suspect hiding in a backyard.

Police later identified the man as Skyler Vincent.

Investigators said they used surveillance video from the neighborhood to identify two additional suspects involved in the thefts, 19-year-old Chad Pamphile and a juvenile male.

“This group is responsible for entering approximately 50 vehicles in separate neighborhoods, taking items ranging from change, small electronics to purses and even a handgun,” investigators stated.

In all cases, the vehicles were unlocked, police said.

Police are still investigating the case. Anyone with information is asked to call police at 719-444-7000, or Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867 or 1-800-222-8477.