An El Paso County sheriff’s deputy’s stolen gun ended up in the hands of a man in a downtown Colorado Springs park Tuesday, according to Colorado Springs police.
The deputy’s gun, ammunition, ballistic vest, Taser and other gear were stolen from his department vehicle, which was parked at the sheriff’s office, around 4 a.m. Sunday. A sheriff’s spokeswoman on Sunday declined to say whether the deputy left the vehicle unlocked.
On Tuesday, a citizen contacted Colorado Springs police officers who were on a routine patrol and told them a man with a gun was in Acacia Park in the 100 block of East Platte Avenue.
Officers responded to find Chantry Jacob Loewen, 36, with the deputy’s stolen gun. He was arrested and charged with trespassing and illegally possessing a gun because he was previously convicted of a felony.
Court records show Loewen pleaded guilty to felony trespassing in 2019 and in November was accused of burglary; that case is pending.
A spokesman for the police department did not immediately return a request for information and it was not clear whether Loewen threatened anyone with the gun.
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