Posted at 2 p.m., Dec. 8, 2015

Three thefts in single night

A Dodge truck that was stolen from Laramie County Community College on Oct. 20 was discovered abandoned in Denver just three days after the theft, according to a sheriff’s report.

Two diesel trucks were stolen from LCCC’s Residence Hall parking lot just after midnight on Oct. 20 within four spaces from each other.

The first truck, a black 1993 Dodge W-250 Turbo Diesel Cummins longbed, was reported stolen after the owner noticed it missing at 8:20 a.m. At 11 a.m., the owner of a white 2008 Ford F-350 Diesel extended cab noticed his was missing as well, according to the LCCC Campus Safety and Security report written by Juan Maldonado.

Both truck owners reported valuables stolen with their vehicles, including a 12-gauge shotgun, which was later discovered in Golden, Colorado, in the possession of a male, who when questioned chose to remain silent, according to a report attained by Laramie County Sheriff’s Department’s Captain Linda Gessell.

Both Maldonado and the truck owner contacted the Laramie County Sheriff’s Department, which received a statement from the victim and took over the investigation. After the Sheriff’s Department left, Maldonado said he noticed another diesel truck, a 2002 Ford F-250, parked in the same spot where the owner of the black Dodge parked around midnight.

Maldonado called Cheyenne Police Department, who he said ran the license plate and determined it had been reported stolen outside of a hotel in downtown Cheyenne.

About three hours later, the owner of the white 2008 Ford diesel truck called Maldonado to report his missing as well.

Maldonado again contacted the Sheriff’s Department to investigate.

In analyzing camera footage from the Residence Hall parking lot, Maldonado said the suspects arrived on campus with the stolen F-250, but because of obstacles like distance and lighting, the suspects were unidentifiable.

“We have images that show the perpetrator coming out of the (2002 Ford F-250) and tampering with vehicles,” Maldonado said.

“It’s hard to say, because they were in the shadows, but the one we were able to see was wearing a hoodie,” he added.

Maldonado said the suspect wearing a hoodie was pulling on vehicle handles, and although the owners said they had locked their trucks after parking, the footage shows the black 1993 Dodge back out of parking space seven, the F-250 replacing it. Footage also shows the two trucks stolen from LCCC being driven off into the night, together.

Prior to the theft, the college had purchased and installed 24 additional exterior cameras. However, Campus Safety Director James Crosby said he had met with the president’s cabinet on Nov. 17 to discuss lighting issues with the cameras and suggested moving them closer to the parking lot, instead of being exclusively attached to buildings.

He also said Campus Safety is currently working with the LCCC Information Technology Services department to enhance features of the cameras including pan and scan options and better pixel quality when zooming in on facial features and license plates.

Crosby said he’s looking forward to follow up meetings to further discuss camera enhancements.

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