Suspect allegedly confesses to burglarizing more than 100 homes in city, county

September 19, 2013 Updated: September 19, 2013 at 4:26 pm
photo - Richard Herbert Cantu
Richard Herbert Cantu 

Richard Herbert Cantu, 51, was arrested after a month-long investigation of burglaries from unoccupied homes in Colorado Springs and El Paso County, according to police.

Cantu allegedly confessed to breaking into more than 100 vacant residences over the past year and stealing appliances, police said.

The investigation began Aug. 9 when Colorado Springs detectives from the Metal Theft Unit started looking into a large-scale pattern of stolen appliances from vacant homes throughout the city and county.

On Sept. 11, Cantu was arrested on suspicion of burglarizing a home on the 4500 block of Wordsworth Circle North, off South Chelton Road, and allegedly confessed to hitting up more than 100 other houses. Cantu implicated Robert Swaitek as his accomplice, police said.

Police said they expect Swaitek will be taken into custody soon as a result of the investigation.

Detectives recovered more than $15,000 in stolen property during the execution of a search warrant at Cantu's residence.

He was booked into the El Paso County jail and held on a $10,000 bond, court records show.

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