SW Plaza burglary suspect pleads guilty

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By Deborah Swearingen

One of the men involved in an October smash-and-grab burglary at J.C. Penney Co. in Southwest Plaza pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to two felony charges.

Lance David Segura, 19, will be sentenced June 25 for his involvement in the break-in, which caused $40,000 worth of building damage. Segura pleaded guilty to one class-4 felony burglary charge and another class-6 felony charge of possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Because Segura was on probation at the time of the offense, he is facing an aggravated sentence, which means five to 12 years in prison.

However, Segura has another case pending in Arapahoe County as well as two other felonies in Jeffco that could also affect his sentence, according to Pam Russell, spokeswoman with the Jeffco DA’s office.

Segura and two other suspects were 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 the 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 an overnight crime spree.

Segura was arrested in April at the Jeffco detention facility, where he was already in custody on unrelated charges.

The other two suspects are still at large, according to Jenny Fulton, spokeswoman with the Jeffco Sheriff’s Office.

Contact reporter Deborah Swearingen at dswearingen@evergreenco.com or 303-350-1042. Follow her on Twitter @djswearingen.