Created: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 06:59:00 MST
Updated: Thu, 27 Feb 2014 07:05:00 MST
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. – Police have arrested a man suspected of breaking into more than a dozen vehicles near Colorado Mesa University.
Authorities say just before 5:30 on Thursday morning, officers were dispatched to a parking lot in the 900 block of Glenwood Avenue for a man who was seen trying the door handles of cars; the man would duck down when vehicles passed by him.
Police found Garrett Austin, 22, sitting inside a vehicle with the driver's side door open. Authorities say Austin initially told them he owned the car, but police noticed his pockets were overly full and he had a backpack with a drill and tool box sticking out. He later admitted to not owning the vehicle.
Officers arrested Austin on charges of felony 1st degree criminal trespass of autos, and misdemeanor theft.
At this point, authorities have identified at least 16 possible victims related to the case. Any vehicle owners who believe that they are also victims in this incident are urged to call (970) 242-6707 to report it.