Suspect arrested in SW Plaza burglary

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By Deborah Swearingen

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has arrested one suspect in connection with an October crime spree that included a smash-and-grab burglary at J.C. Penney Co. in Southwest Plaza.

Lance David Segura, 19, was arrested April 18 for his involvement in a multi-jurisdictional crime spree overnight on Oct. 25 and 26, according to the sheriff’s office.

He faces felony charges of aggravated robbery of a controlled substance, second- and third-degree burglary, possession of a weapon by a previous offender, theft, criminal mischief and motor vehicle theft. Segura was arrested at the Jeffco detentions facility, where he was already in custody on unrelated charges.

It is unclear how the sheriff’s office was able to connect Segura to the October burglaries.

“That’s probably information that we’re not able to release right now, but it was through our investigation that we were able to determine that he was one of the suspects,” said Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

Segura and two other suspects are accused of smashing a burgundy pickup truck through the exterior glass doors of the J.C. Penney Co. store around 5:50 a.m. on Oct. 26. In addition to causing $40,000 worth of building damage, the three suspects reportedly stole more than $8,700 worth of merchandise. They left Southwest Plaza before deputies arrived.

The pickup was later involved in an accident on South Sheridan Boulevard in Lakewood. When officers arrived, the three suspects were already gone. According to the sheriff’s office, the vehicle had been stolen out of Denver, and items inside were linked to another burglary that occurred in Denver during the overnight crime spree.

The other two suspects are still at large, according to Fulton, and she said the sheriff’s office is working to “get enough evidence to make an arrest for those two as well.”

Anyone with information is asked to call Jeffco Investigator Lambert at 720-497-7251 or Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Reference case number 17-28797.