Cops catch teen after car theft
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Police nabbed a suspected car thief early Saturday morning, then they used technology to discover he likely was involved in other crimes. Cole J. Blizard, 18, of Glenwood Springs was arrested at 2:45 a.m. Saturday after police caught him driving a car that was reported stolen earlier in the evening. The owner of the car called police and told them he saw the vehicle get stolen from the 700 block of Bennett Avenue about 2:15 a.m. The owner also reported seeing Blizard get into the car and drive away.Police pulled the car over, but Blizard reportedly then fled the area on foot. After a brief foot chase, police caught the teenager, arrested him and took him to Garfield County Jail. The next morning, Glenwood Springs police officers checked on their “bait car,” which is a car that has certain items bugged. If stolen, those items can be tracked down using a radio transmitter. There were items missing from the bait car, so around 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, officers turned on the tracking device, which, according to Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson, led them directly to Blizard’s downtown residence. “We tracked it down and lo and behold it was recovered at the home of Blizard,” Wilson said.Items from other recent thefts were at Blizard’s residence, Wilson said. Wilson said Saturday’s discovery with the transmitter was at least the third made since the department began using the technology a couple of years ago. “It’s very similar to the radio transmitter used when tracking wildlife,” he said. “We can put it in anything. It’s pretty small.”Once police sorted out all the stolen items, Blizard was charged with four counts of theft, four counts of first-degree criminal trespass, aggravated vehicle theft, resisting arrest, criminal attempt and driving under restraint. As of Wednesday afternoon, Blizard remained in Garfield County Jail with a bond of $31,750.Contact Greg Massé: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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