Puffer Week reminds motorists of dangers of ‘puffing’

DENVER – Coloradans Against Auto Theft and Colorado Auto Theft Investigators once again teamed up for this year’s “Puffer Week,” slated for Jan. 27 through 31. The week-long statewide awareness and enforcement push aims to educate the public about the risks, dangers and heightened crime associated with auto theft, specifically “puffers” – cars left running unattended.

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Annual Puffer Week Drives Home Need for Auto Theft Awareness

Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) and Colorado Auto Theft Investigators (CATI) once again teamed up for this year’s “Puffer Week,” slated for Jan. 27-31. The weeklong statewide awareness and enforcement push aims to educate the public about the risks, dangers and heightened crime associated with auto theft, specifically “puffers” – cars left running unattended.

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Stolen puffer vehicles being used in recent burglaries of Highlands businesses in northwest Denver

On Tuesday night, police arrested three suspected burglars in what turned out to be a stolen puffer car. The vehicle had been previously reported stolen after being left warming up unattended. Police also caught another burglary in progress, but they did not pursue those burglars after they jumped into another stolen puffer vehicle.

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Woman Arrested in Stolen Car

At 10:30 Friday night police received a call about a suspicious vehicle parked along Dream Lane near Academy and North Carefree in Colorado Springs. When officers went out to the neighborhood they approached the car. But as they did they say 26 year old Justin Coalson got out of the car and started running.

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Don’t leave it running, say police

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.

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Vehicle theft increasing in Colorado Springs

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.

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