Arapahoe County building inspector arrested

Longtime employee suspected of burglary

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An Arapahoe County building inspector has been arrested on suspicion of burglary and theft. Lambert Leon Iringan, 65, is being held at the Arapahoe County jail on $200,000 bond.

Iringan, a Centennial resident and a county employee since 1998, was taken into custody Sept. 13 in connection with an incident the previous day. He is suspected of unlawfully entering the home, then the bedroom, of an occupied residence in unincorporated Arapahoe County, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

A woman told the sheriff’s office that a man entered her bedroom, which was dark, while she was in bed at around 8:30 a.m. Sept. 12, walked to her dressers and began opening drawers. As the suspect removed an article of clothing from a drawer, she announced her presence, authorities were told. The suspect, later identified as Iringan, ran from the room.

The victim told Arapahoe County sheriff’s investigators she was having her basement remodeled and that the contractor for the project was scheduled to meet with a county building inspector the morning of Sept. 12.

The county has placed Iringan on paid administrative leave, pending the result of the investigation. He faces a charge of second-degree burglary, a felony, as well as a misdemeanor theft charge.