AURORA, Colo. – Police in Aurora are on puffer enforcement this frigid morning — and it didn’t take long for the operation to warm up. Within 15 minutes, four officers had found four cars left running unattended, the Aurora Police Department tweeted at 5:30 a.m. Read Full Story Here »
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.
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.
VAIL — A New Year’s Day car theft has Vail Police reminding drivers to secure their vehicles. The incident happened at 8 a.m. that day, when a driver left her vehicle idling in a parking lot in West Vail.
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.
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.
It’s called “puffing” — vehicles left running to warm up on cold days. After a rash of thefts, police are urging people not to do it.
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.
Typically, car break-ins and vandalism fall short of making headlines, but the small-time crimes are costing residents some big-time dollars in the past six months — more than a half million of them.
Hundreds of stolen goods found in a storage unit are linked to nearly 60 crimes in the Denver metro area since September. Police are now trying to reunite the stolen items with their rightful owners. The East Metro Auto Theft Team helped uncover the stolen goods as part of an investigation that started in October.
Every 43 seconds, a car is stolen in the United States, which is close to a million vehicles per year. Former car thief Steve Fuller was himself convicted six times for stealing cars. Hundreds of other times, Fuller said, he was able to successfully get away with it.
Colorado State Patrol troopers recovered multiple guns and drugs after a car chase that started in Broomfield on Friday afternoon. The chase started near West 144th Avenue and Zuni Street when troopers tried to stop a stolen Jeep driven by a suspect who had allegedly just committed a burglary in Thornton, according to a news release from the state patrol.
When 62-year old Dale Hohmann walked out of a local King Soopers to see someone driving away in his truck, he was shocked. His mind didn’t immediately go to his truck, or his checkbook and wallet inside it, but to the small shih tzu puppy sleeping in the back seat.
Auto thefts here jumped in September, prompting police to warn both residents and motorists visiting from Yuma County to take steps to protect their vehicles.
A Denver Grand Jury has returned a 75-count indictment against 10 people accused of running a racketeering operation that involved mail theft, auto theft and counterfeit checks, affecting more than 270 victims throughout the metro area.
Kyle Stephen Landreth, 27, was arrested on suspicion of motor vehicle theft after Colorado Springs police said the anti-theft tracking device installed in a stolen pickup truck helped locate it.
Two men Colorado Springs police think might have been getting ready to perform a burglary on Halloween were caught before they could commit the crime.
Pueblo police are asking the community to help reduce the number of car thefts this winter season. So far this year, the city of Pueblo has experienced 429 Auto Thefts.
Auto theft cases have kept Pueblo police busy this week. Three people were arrested in two separate incidents for reportedly possessing stolen vehicles and more reports of auto thefts trickled in.
A prolific car thief says keeping him in prison is extremely expensive and serves no purpose because he can no longer swipe cars after he was paralyzed by a policeman’s bullet.
COMMERCE CITY, Colo. – Two children kidnapped when a thief stole a running vehicle outside a liquor store on Sunday night have been reunited with their parents.
A Colorado Springs man was arrested Tuesday after police said he tried to flee in a stolen minivan, then tried to steal a second vehicle that had no key in its ignition.