A man arrested after a late May standoff with the Greeley SWAT team abandoned a vehicle after a near run-in with police in late April, pushing forward an investigation into multiple theft cases, according to court records.
About 2:30 p.m. April 20, a Greeley couple reported their black Dodge truck was stolen from the parking lot of their apartment complex in the 8200 block of 20th Street. The truck was valued at $50,000.
At 7:22 a.m. April 25, a deputy at the Weld County Sheriff’s Office reported someone entered his work vehicle and stole several items while it was parked in the 2000 block of 22nd Street. The deputy believed he left the vehicle unlocked by mistake.
It appeared someone had entered the rear of the vehicle and took the deputy’s ballistic vest, worth $500, his patrol bag, his nylon duty belt, two loaded 9 mm magazines, a pair of handcuffs, pepper spray and a fingerprint scanner valued at $500. Altogether, the value of the stolen goods added up to $1,380.
The next day, a man reported someone stole a golf bag with 12 clubs, a blue duffel bag, car registration and insurance cards from his 2011 black BMW in the 1900 block of 15th Avenue.
On April 27, a man reported someone stole several items from two vehicles parked outside his home in the 2100 block of 60th Avenue. The stolen items included a $500 multimeter, a $365 vehicle performance chip and a $90 air compressor.
At 11:58 p.m. April 28, Greeley police were responding to a report of a suspicious person in the 900 block of 14th Street when they saw a black Dodge truck traveling east on 14th Street with no front license plate. The rear license plate was registered to a gray Dodge truck.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle, finding it parked next to the curb in the 1400 block of 9th Avenue. It was still running, and the headlights were on, but no one was inside. Police determined the occupant took off on foot. A silver handgun with a loaded magazine and a Samsung cellphone were in the truck.