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A man walking along a Denver Steel street lifting car door handles caught the attention of a resident who alerted police. That tip led police officers to James (Jimmy) Carpenter who confessed to the bulk of recent vehicle break-ins.
Carpenter admitted to opening the car doors of a number of vehicles and taking the things inside during a spree that spread throughout Los Alamos and into White Rock since at least Feb. 24, according to police reports.
Sgt. Jason Herrera was first to arrive on the scene in response to the resident’s March 1 telephone call.
“I arrived on 37th Street at about 9:30 p.m.,” Herrera said. “The resident reported that the man he saw lifting car door handles was wearing baggy pants and a hooded sweat shirt, had a slender build and was approximately 5’5’’ tall. He also said he observed the man carrying some type of bag.”
In a few minutes Herrera made contact with Jose Ruelas at the corner of Ridgeway and 38th Street. Ruelas was wearing a beanie and a sweatshirt with a hoodie pulled over his head. He matched the description of the suspicious person, according to the report.
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