Football coach helps police put end to suspect’s crime spree in Aurora

A burglary/theft suspect led Aurora Police on a foot chase through a residential area on July 1, 2014. (Credit: Paul Makarushka)A burglary/theft suspect led Aurora Police on a foot chase through a residential area on July 1, 2014. (Credit: Paul Makarushka)

A burglary/theft suspect led Aurora Police on a foot chase through a residential area on July 1, 2014. (Credit: KWGN/Paul Makarushka)

AURORA, Colo. — Police arrested a man suspected in a burglary and car theft case after being led on a foot chase through a residential area of Aurora Tuesday morning .

Shortly before 5 a.m. Tuesday, officers were called to the Walmart at 14000 E. Exposition Ave. on report of a robbery, the Aurora Police Department said.

The victim told police he was sleeping in his vehicle when the suspect attacked him and stole his car keys.

At about 6:35 a.m., police were then called to a residence in the 14300 block of E. Kentucky Place on a report of a burglary. The occupant told officers he woke up to discover several valuables missing, including his car keys and his minivan.

The minivan and suspect were later spotted near 20400 E. Saratoga Place in unincorporated Arapahoe County, APD said.

APD spokesman Frank Fania said officers tried to arrest the suspect in the area. However, an attempt to taser the suspect proved ineffective, and he was able to escape on foot after biting an officer.

Police spotted the suspect several more times, which led to an officer pursuit through a residential area.

Officers arrested the suspect shortly before 9 a.m. near E. Chenango Avenue and Jebel Street, Fania said.

A football coach with Eaglecrest High School in Cherry Creek helped officers capture the suspect.

The officer bitten by the suspect sustained minor injuries, Fania added.

Investigators said they believe the suspect may have committed more burglaries between 6:35 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday afternoon, police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Adam Lacer.

Police asked anyone who witnessed the events or has more information regarding the crime to contact authorities at 303-739-6112) Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.