Letters

Unhappy with police response
       About two months ago, my car was stolen right from my driveway. I immediately called the police. But I had to take it upon myself to track the perpetrator - through my cell phone call record because he had also stolen my phone. Thankfully, he called his dad and I was able to get his name and address through my cell phone provider. I then called the police with this info and was told by the police that, they “don't have time for my issues.”
       Are you kidding me? Isn't that their job, “to serve and protect” us? They always seem to have time to write tickets and investigate revenue-based offenses; but what about the hard-working residents of Colorado Springs who are being burglarized and bullied by the rising number of criminals?
       I'm sick of it! Something needs to be done. I have tried a number of times to contact the police to no avail. How many more times must we, the people of Colorado Springs, be victimized before the police step in and start serving and protecting us?
       In my opinion, they are sending out a very dangerous message, that it's okay to be a criminal, except when the police can make money off of the offense. What a great message they are sending to our children. What can we do to open the police's eyes to this?

Danielle Overly

Editor's note: The writer is referring to Colorado Springs Police Case #07-09887, describing the theft of her 2003 Geo Prism from in front of her home in the 800 block of Pioneer Lane March 24. Among the personal items in her car was her cell phone. The case report states that police “contacted dispatch in [unsuccessful] attempts to locate the vehicle by a cell phone trace.”
       The case became complicated because the car was found abandoned two days later, but missing many of Overly's personal items. The cell phone was among the items that were recovered. Police “pulled up all of the old calls linked with this [phone],” the report states, but this did not recover Overly's missing items. As indicated in her letter, Overly tracked her own cell phone call record, eventually dialed a suspicious number and found herself talking to the thief's father.
       She differs with police about the next part of the story. The case report states that she called March 27 to say she had gotten her items back and needed no further assistance. But Overly denied that statement in a follow-up phone interview with the Westside Pioneer. What actually happened, she said, was that she left multiple messages with the police; these were to inform them of her breakthrough and ask for help. Only when police did not respond, she said, did she go ahead on her own and manage to negotiate with the father and the thief for the return of her possessions.