COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo -
A juvenile was arrested following a string of crimes in northern El Paso County this morning.
The first calls came from Avocet Loop and Tierra Drive, near I-25 & North Gate, at 4 a.m. In both cases, the victims reported that someone broke into their vehicles and used garage door openers to get into their homes. Garage door openers and five sets of vehicle keys were stolen.
At 4:36 a.m., the Monument Police Department received a report that a blue Chevy Traverse and a black Jeep Compass had been stolen from a home on Woodmoor Acres Drive.
Deputies caught up with the stolen vehicles at a red light at Struthers Road and North Gate Boulevard. Deputies tried to conduct a felony stop and the drivers of the stolen vehicles crashed into each other while trying to get away.
The Jeep took off south on I-25. Deputies chased it for a short time before calling off the pursuit.
The Traverse started to go onto the Air Force Academy before the driver decided to drive up the Santa Fe Trail and ditch the vehicle. He crashed and then got out of the SUV and ran.
The driver of the Jeep, an unidentified juvenile male, was found and arrested at around 9 a.m.
The Jeep Compass, which has Colorado license plate number WOQ-409, is still being sought. The sheriff's office says it has front-end damage from the crash at Struthers and North Gate.