In most instances, breaking and entering involves a thief smashing a window or kicking in a door. But Michael Vidal and three compatriots are accused of taking B&E to the next level -- by gaining access to a building into an exterior wall with a stolen car and taking loot through the hole. And Colorado Springs cops suspect they may have done it more than once.
As KRDO-TV notes, there have been a string of similar burglaries in the Springs of late, sometimes complete with surveillance video showing the scofflaws making their entrance in a big way.
At 11:05 p.m. on Wednesday, officers received another call on theme, prompted by an alarm triggered at Acme Pawn, on the 3900 block of North Academy Boulevard. When they arrived, they found a large, vehicle-size hole in the wall, plus some stolen property: KRDO describes it as electronics, jewelry and, maybe, some weapons. But they also found something else -- a clue that led them to a nearby apartment.
What was it? Did one of the scofflaws drop a wallet? At this point, the cops aren't saying. But at the apartment, they claim to have discovered the evidentiary motherlode: goods from Acme and other burglaries, plus the vehicle they believe was used to make an opening in Acme. It showed signs of serious damage -- and when contacted, its owner had no clue that it had been used as a battering ram.
Accused of the Acme burglary are one juvenile who hasn't been identified and a trio in their late teens or early twenties: Brandon Jay, Kodiak Gonzalez and Michael Vidal. The latter is described on his Facebook page as being a Tampa, Florida native who went to Rampart High in the Springs in 2010 before landing a job at a Dunkin' Donuts. Here's a photo from the page:
It's a much nicer pic than his mug shots, seen below along with those of Gonzalez. Also on view -- a KKTV clip from an earlier burglary. At this writing, we have no word of charges in additional crimes, but the CSPD stresses that the investigation is continuing.
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