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Springs burglary suspects captured after Walsenburg crash

Serial burglar suspects caught

WALSENBURG, Colo. - A car crash in Walsenburg led to the arrest of two wanted men from the Colorado Springs area Tuesday night.

Nathaniel Flavio Gonzales, 20, and Gino Patrick Rael, 20, were wanted in connection to a string of burglaries in and around Colorado Springs.

"It was a bit of a shocker at first because we didn't know who we were dealing with," said Capt. Vance Suarez with Walsenburg PD.

Walsenburg police responded to the crash scene and became suspicious after spotting a gun in the car.  The suspects had ran off, so the hunt began.

"We wanted to make sure the public locked their doors," Capt. Suarez said.

The men were considered armed and dangerous after allegedly stealing a number of guns during some of those burglaries according to police.

The crash that ultimately ended in their arrest happened at around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday (1/7/14) near the intersection of Walsenburg Ave. and Pine St.

KRDO NewsChannel 13 broke the news Tuesday night that police were warning people who live in that area to lock their doors after a car was crashed and then abandoned.

Gonzales was arrested around 1 a.m. on Wednesday, January 8, 2013. He was walking northbound on I-25 according to the Huerfano World Journal.

The paper reports that Rael and an unidentified 16-year-old were arrested around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday. They were also walking northbound along I-25.

Police in Colorado Springs haven't said how many homes were burglarized, but say it's more than ten.

Rosa Calhoun believes her home was burglarized last month by the pair.  She said the news of their capture was a relief.

"To know that these guys are off of the streets just makes that so much easier, like we can breathe now," Calhoun said.

Detectives tell KRDO NewsChannel 13 that there may be more people involved in the home burglaries.

Some of the stolen items were pawned, according to an arrest warrant for Gino Rael.  Police were able to return a stolen laptop to woman because she kept the serial number.  The manager of the pawn shop remembered the man who pawned it and provided police with surveillance video.  That ultimately led police to Rael.

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