Burglary suspect leads to own arrest after leaving pants, phone near scene

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LOVELAND, Colo. — A suspected jewelry thief gave himself up after leaving his pants and cell phone for police to find near the scene of the burglary Saturday morning.

According to police, 23-year-old Miami resident Angel Viera-Hernandez and another suspect broke into the Jared Jewelry store in Loveland at about 2:46 a.m.

Officers responded to the scene after an alarm went off, and spotted a man running away from the area behind a 7-Eleven store on the south side of East Eisenhower.

When police looked behind the convenience store, they found a pile of clothing and a cell phone in the pocket of some abandoned pants.

After Loveland police obtained a court order to search the phone, they looked through pictures and information stored on the device. Officers then linked Viera-Hernandez to the phone when he came back to the 7-Eleven muddy and wet.

Additionally, the phone number matched the one provided to Loveland officers when Viera-Hernandez was arrested for shoplifting at a Loveland Macy’s just two days before.

Viera-Hernandez was arrested and taken to the Larimer County Jail for charges including second-degree burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

Authorities said they recovered 69 high-end watches valued at approximately $200,000.

Police are still looking for a second suspect. If you have any information, you are asked to call (970) 962-2248.