(CBS4) – A Wheat Ridge police officer saw evidence in a stolen car over the weekend and it quickly led to the arrest of an apparent car thief.
On Wednesday, the Wheat Ridge Police Department shared a Facebook post that praised the officer’s keen eye. They said they had been listening to 178 vehicle thefts reported so far this year, and in many cases the stolen car was located. It is less likely, however, that the thief will be caught.
“Fortunately, we find many of them…they are unoccupied and therefore an arrest is less likely,” the department wrote in the post.
In the weekend case, an officer approached a car that was allegedly stolen from the parking lot of an American motel. Inside was a medicine container with a prescription label and a name on the bottle. The officer researched the name, determined who it was, and saw a photo in the law enforcement database, then suddenly spotted this same person walking away from the motel. When the policeman asked the man to stop, he ran away. The officer pursued the man and captured him shortly thereafter.
The person arrested has been identified as Jonathan Gainey, 41, and police say they have a warrant for his arrest in another car theft case in Colorado.
The stolen vehicle was returned to its owner in the Westminster area.
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