Rifle family discovers intruder in home
A Rifle family awoke to a frightening situation early Monday when they discovered an intruder was in their home.
Officers responded to a report of a burglary in the 600 block of Birch Court in east Rifle at 3:25 a.m.
According to police, the victims were sleeping when they heard a noise and called out a name thinking it was another member of the household.
That was when they discovered the person was an intruder, who proceeded to flee the home. One of the victims chased the suspect for several blocks before losing him.
Several hours later, officers encountered a 28-year-old man who roughly fit the description provided by the victims. After contacting the man, who was on foot, officers learned he had several warrants for his arrest in Arizona, including burglary, according to police.
He was taken into custody on warrants totaling more than $90,000.
The suspect has not been charged in relation to the attempted burglary in Rifle, said Police Chief John Dyer.
Several items reportedly taken from the home were recovered, but police did not release additional details.
It was not until after the arrest that police were notified of a separate burglary on nearby Clarkson Avenue.
Numerous items were reported missing from a table just inside a door. Police have yet to recover any of those items, Dyer said.
Both crimes are under investigation, but they appear to be crimes of opportunity — in both instances the doors were unlocked.
The incidents are another reminder to keep homes and vehicles locked at all times, Dyer said.
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