Colorado police catch thief who tried to use Uber as a getaway vehicle after stealing $8,000 worth of power tools


A Colorado suspect carrying more than $8,000 worth of stolen items from a plumbing store was arrested after police caught him trying to use an Uber as a getaway vehicle.

The man was stealing tools from a plumbing store in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, last week when he asked an Uber to pick him up.

Wheat Ridge Police responded to the store after the owner called 911 to report a hole had been made in the property’s fence and told officers that store surveillance footage captured the suspect inside shoplifting. tools.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found an Uber driver waiting nearby and told them that his passenger, José, was heading toward the vehicle.

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A Colorado suspect carrying more than $8,000 worth of stolen items from a plumbing store was arrested after police caught him trying to use an Uber as a getaway vehicle. (Wheat Ridge Police)

“Are you looking for an Uber?” an officer asks the suspect in body camera footage released by police.

The suspect, who was seen wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up and a black balaclava pulled down, looks away and puts his hands in his pockets.

“Uh…no,” he answers hesitantly.

The man then says his name is “Raúl” and takes several steps back, away from the officers. The officers grabbed him immediately, but he told them he was not trying to flee.

He maintains his innocence and says he was walking towards his mother’s house.

The agents informed him that he matched the description of the thief, but he insisted that he was not the man they were looking for.

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Suspect stole more than $8,000 worth of power tools from plumbing store.

The man was stealing tools from a plumbing store in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, when he asked an Uber to pick him up. (Wheat Ridge Police)

The suspect was not carrying any identification showing his name is “Raul” and officers looked inside his backpack and found the stolen tools.

More than $8,600 worth of power tools were found inside the suspect’s backpack.

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“It may not be the best idea to have an Uber pick you up at a crime scene,” Wheat Ridge police wrote on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

He was detained and fingerprint scanners confirmed that he is José. He was booked the next day on several charges, including theft of more than $2,000, breaking and entering and making false reports to authorities, court records show.

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