The Sopris Sun

Two teens arrested in car theft

On Sept. 18 at 8:58 p.m., a rash of car break-ins on Main Street culminated in the theft of a Toyota Tacoma, which was subsequently spotted at the Cowen Center. There, according to police chief Gene Schilling, officers encountered a pair of teenagers — one from El Jebel and one from New Castle — who appeared to be under the influence of an age-restricted drug. The truck was recovered and the teens are arrested on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft (less than $20,000) and criminal trespass — both felonies — as well as driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs — a misdemeanor for a first offender, and minor in possession — a petty offense. Schilling urged locals to lock their cars or at least not leave their keys in them.