Aurora police are asking the community for help in identifying a motorist who hit an officer’s occupied patrol car during a traffic stop.
Colorado State Patrol and Coloradans Against Auto Theft have launched “Puff … Puff … Poof!” – a new campaign to remind residents of the illegal and dangerous practice of leaving cars unattended while warming up.
Let’s face it, most of us are guilty. When the temperature dips to bone-numbing temperatures, we like to warm up our vehicles before hopping in. his practice puts law enforcement on edge. For starters, it’s illegal in Colorado to leave a car running unattended. While police officers probably won’t cite residents for doing it, they warn that a running vehicle is a green light for thieves to snatch a car.
Four people have been indicted as part of an alleged crime ring that involves stolen cars, guns, methamphetamine and other illegal drugs, according to the Colorado Attorney’s General’s Office.
A call about a stolen car landed a woman in jail on suspicion of several counts of aggravated auto theft, identity theft, forgery and check fraud, Colorado Springs police said.
Police remind drivers ‘puffing’ is illegal. 9NEWS at 6, 7 and 8 a.m. 12/05/13.
Colorado Springs police reported a decrease in stolen vehicles last month but the crime remains the city’s fastest-growing, according to Chief Pete Carey. Carey said vehicle theft has increased 20 percent this year. In January, the Police Department created a five man unit dedicated to the crime. The unit includes three detectives, a sergeant and an investigator with the Colorado State Patrol.
While temperatures flirt with single and negative digits, the last thing any driver wants to do is climb into a vehicle only a fraction warmer than the outside. But as tempting as it to warm up your car before you get in, Springs police warn that it makes you an easy target for crooks.
With a winter storm on the horizon and chilly temperatures, law enforcement is warning drivers of a common cold weather practice that may be putting you at risk.