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Gazette Premium Content Stolen iPad tracked with GPS, man arrested in numerous alleged burglaries

By Andrea Sinclair Updated: June 24, 2013 at 9:15 pm

A man tied to a string of burglaries, car thefts and break-ins was arrested Sunday in a joint operation by Colorado Springs police officers and El Paso County Sheriff's deputies.

Jeffery Colerick, 20, was held at the El Paso County jail Monday on a $50,000 bond. He was taken into custody on suspicion of motor vehicle theft, burglary and several felony warrants, records show.

According to a news release, Sheriff's deputies responded to the 300 block of Northfield Road, north of West Woodmen Road, around noon regarding a burglary.

Earlier Sunday morning, the victims of the burglary had seen a pickup on their driveway that was high-centered. The driver of the pickup, later identified as Colerick, told the residents he was turning around in their driveway when his vehicle had gotten stuck. After trying to help Colerick move the truck unsuccessfully, they left the area for an appointment, police said.

Upon returning home several hours later, the residents noticed their home had been broken into and several items including cash, jewelry, knives and an iPad were gone. They told police the truck remained in their driveway, which deputies later learned had been stolen out of Colorado Springs.

Through built-in GPS tracking, Colorado Springs police officers were able to monitor the movements of the iPad and stopped a car in the area of Austin Bluffs and Brenner Place. The passenger of the car, identified as Colerick, tried to flee and resisted arrest, prompting the officers to use a stun gun and take him into custody, police said.

Investigators searched through the car and recovered the items taken from the home on Northfield Road, along with jewelry, car keys, passports, credit cards, checkbooks and drivers' licenses from other burglaries and car break-ins in Colorado Springs, police said.

Four other people were able to pick up their items and police said they expect more will follow.

Colerick allegedly admitted to numerous burglaries, motor vehicle thefts and car break-ins, according to police.

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