Man Helps Police Track Down Stolen Car

A Colorado Springs man had his car stolen from his house near Jetwing and Hancock.

Sheldon Wheatley is thankful to have his car back. Someone stole it right out of his driveway around 3:30 a.m. Friday.

His wife saw the two crooks breaking into his daughter’s car, then stealing his.

"She had noticed somebody taking something out of the trunk and putting it in their car. Then she looked over and saw my tail lights pulling out of the driveway; it just happened that quick,” said Wheatley.

Wheatley canvassed the neighborhood, knowing his car was low on gas.

“I found a clerk that said they had seen my vehicle and somebody put five dollars into it. So then I decided they can't be too far,” said Wheatley.

About four hours after the car was stolen, he spotted it and called police.

“I thought to myself, 'That can't be my car. They wouldn't be driving it,'” said Wheatley.

He followed them into the Meadows Mobile Home Park near Powers and Astrozon, about three miles from his house.

“I lost him and then the police caught up to him, and before they could turn on their flashers, he took off, ditched the car and ran,” said Wheatley.

Wheatley was determined to get his car back, and he did. Now he wants to warn others who may not be so lucky.

He thinks the crime may be connected to someone who came to his house, asking to come inside to do a carpet cleaning demonstration.
Wheatley was working on his car, and left the keys on a chair on his front porch. He quickly went inside and that’s when the person came to the door. After he sent them away, he realized his keys were gone. And his car had no signs of forced entry once he got it back.

The description of the two suspects is pretty vague. Police say the driver was a thin Hispanic male between 18-20 years old about 5-foot-5. The passenger has a similar description and was wearing a white ball cap.

If you know anything about this crime or these suspects, you could earn a cash reward. Call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.