Arrest Made in University Hill Burglaries; Officers Believe There Could Be More Victims

BOULDER, Colo.While the community gathered to cheer on our C.U. Buffs this morning, a burglar took advantage and broke into several homes in the University Hill neighborhood.

Boulder Police found and charged a suspect this afternoon, and officers believe there could be additional victims. Anyone who believes they might be a victim in this case is asked to call Boulder Police and Fire Dispatch at 303-441-3333 reference case 23-9023.

The first call came in around 9 a.m. when the suspect tried to break into a home on 10th Street. The homeowners were still there and called Boulder Police. Though he was gone when officers arrived, officers spotted the suspect about an hour later in the same area and tried to take him into custody. They lost sight of him in the alley between the 1000 block of 12th and 13th streets.

Around that same time, officers began receiving more calls about homes being broken into in the area, possibly as early as 7:30 a.m. It appears the suspect was targeting homes in that area.

Officers continued searching the neighborhood and a short time later they spotted the suspect again, this time wearing different clothes. They swiftly took him into custody.

Patrick Sean Gillespie, 50, of Kansas, was taken to the jail on the follow charges:

• 5 counts of burglary,

• criminal mischief,

• possession of burglary tools,

• obstruction,

• 5 counts of theft,

• 12 counts of possession of a financial transaction device.

As in every criminal case, these charges are an accusation, and defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.