Two arrested in Woodmoor burglaries: Stolen items recovered, facing several charges

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The El Paso County Sheriff's Office has arrested two suspects involved in a string of burglaries in the Woodmoor area.

Eighteen-year-old Devin Michael Alvarado-Purcell was arrested on the charge of attempted burglary of a dwelling with a $10,000 bond. Nicholas Tisdel, 20, was arrested on the charges of attempted burglary of a dwelling, possession of a schedule-two controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia with no bond.

The two men were arrested on Oct. 30 after a citizen reported the suspects trying to attempt to make entry through a front door at a house in the 1600 block of Old Antlers Way. A deputy responding to the call witnessed the two individuals jumping from a rear balcony of the home and attempting to flee. After interviewing the suspects and serving a search warrant the suspects were found to be in possession of possible stolen items.

There have been several unsolved burglaries in the area recently and upon additional investigating detectives were able to solve four additional burglaries and one criminal trespass of an automobile committed by these suspects. More than $53,000 in cash, valuables and property have been recovered and a number of the items were returned to the victims.

Between Oct. 13 and 25 two separate burglaries occurred while the home owners were out of town. In the first burglary jewelry, electronics, food and alcohol were taken. A car was also taken from the garage and later recovered near Roller Coaster Road and Saddlewood.

During the second burglary the suspects entered the home by breaking a window in the garage. Gold coins and alcohol were taken. On Oct. 29 an attempted burglary occurred at a home while the owner was out of town. A window was broken setting off the alarm.

Additionally Woodmoor Public Safety received two reports from residents who said they found footprints in the snow around their homes leading from the windows to the doors.

Alvarado-Purcell and Tisdel were additionally charged with three counts of second degree burglary, two counts of first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, criminal mischief, theft and theft by receiving with an additional $10,000 bond.

Chad Forquer, deputy chief of Woodmoor Public Safety, reminds residents to be aware of their surroundings, make sure doors and windows are locked and look for suspicious vehicles. He recommends to residents that are going to be out of town to be sure it looks like someone is home. Residents should have someone pick up their newspapers and have someone check on the house frequently.

If a home has been burglarized residents should report it to the El Paso County Sheriff's Office at 719-520-7111 and Woodmoor Public Safety at 719-488-3600. If a burglary is in process they should call 9-1-1 and the WPS officer on duty at 719-499-9771.

There will be a community wide meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 at the Woodmoor Barn located at 1691 Woodmoor Drive. The sheriff's office will give a presentation on Neighborhood Watch and child safety. The WPS and Woodmoor Improvement Association will be on hand to answer questions.

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