Vigilant citizen chases down thief |

Vigilant citizen chases down thief

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Summit County, CO Colorado

SUMMIT COUNTY “The blaring sound of a car alarm coming from the parking lot prompted a concerned hiker to return to the trailhead, where she found a man running away from a truck with a broken window.

Although the car that had been broken into wasn’t hers, the women quickly got in her car to follow the man and called police to intercept the culprit’s vehicle at a traffic light.

The man didn’t put up much of a fight when police asked to search his vehicle, and ” without having to search very hard ” an officer found a black purse with two cell phones, three driver’s licenses and several credit cards, all belonging to different individuals.

With the evidence piled up against him, the man admitted to breaking the car window in the trailhead parking lot, which wasn’t much of a confession, given he had broken glass particles on his pants.

Although there wasn’t much cash in the stolen purse, the purse itself was apparently valued at $275, and the damage to the car window was estimated at between $500 and $700.

Police recovered approximately $30 in stolen cash from the man’s pockets before charging him with five counts of theft in excess of $500, criminal trespassing and criminal mischief.

Thanks to the quick-thinking hiker, the stolen property was returned to its rightful owners, and the thief was transported to the Summit County Jail.

Two bus patrons found themselves in a heated confrontation with a rather unpleasant passenger after they requested that the bus driver pull over for their stop.

The two men were on their way home when the bus driver missed their requested stop, and when the driver failed to pull over at the next few stops, one of the men called out to the driver.

Apparently the passenger sitting in front of them didn’t appreciate the constant requests, and after shouting profanities at the two men, he turned around and punched one of them in the face.

Fortunately, the man accompanying the assaulted passenger happened to be a local off-duty police officer, and he was able to restrain the combative passenger while the bus waited for police to arrive.

The assaulted man suffered a chipped tooth and cut lip from the punch, and after getting medical attention, he told police he wanted to press charges.

While en route to the Summit County Jail, the punch-thrower told the officer that he was uncomfortable in the back of the patrol car, but he also added: “I guess I’m just getting what I deserve.”

Although he apologized for what happened on the bus, the man was charged with assault and endangering public transportation.

The incident made the bus 45 minutes late to its next stop, and it’s safe to say that passengers riding home that evening got far more than they bargained for.

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