Stolen iPad leads Colorado Springs police to suspect in car full of more stolen property

Suspect Jeffery Colerick tased and arrested

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - After getting burglarized by a man they tried to help, the victims helped officers track him down, Colorado Springs police said.

It all began Sunday morning when residents living near Northfield Road and Westwood Road found a pickup truck high centered in their driveway.

The driver said he was trying to turn around in the driveway when he got stuck, according to officials with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office. The people living in the home tried to help the driver move his truck, but were unsuccessful so they left to attend an appointment, investigators said.

When the residents returned home a few hours later the man's truck was still in the driveway and they found their home had been burglarized in the few hours they were gone.

The victims called the El Paso County Sheriff's Office and reported that cash, jewelry, knives and an iPad were missing. A deputy responding to the scene also determined that that the truck left on the driveway had been stolen out of Colorado Springs.

The victims were able to track the movement of their iPad via GPS and notified Colorado Springs Police about its location.

Following that lead, police stopped a car near Austin Bluffs and Brenner Place and the passenger inside the vehicle got out and ran. Police said he resisted arrest and was shocked with a Taser gun before being taken into custody.

The suspect initially gave officers a false name but was later identified Jefferey Colerick, the same person who had asked the homeowners for help earlier that morning.

Inside the car he was in, police said they found items from the burglary on Northfield Road, as well as jewelry, car keys, passports, credit cards, checkbooks and drivers licenses from victims of burglaries and car break-ins throughout the city.

At least four other victims were able to pick up their stolen items that were in the car, police said.

Detectives said Colerick admitted to numerous burglaries, car thefts and car break-ins. Several stolen vehicles were recovered based on the information he provided.

Colerick was booked on numerous charges and several felony warrants.

The investigation into the thefts continue. The driver who was with Colerick, and who may have picked him up when he was stranded on Northfield Road, has not been identified. It's not clear if that person was also involved in the burglaries.


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