Alleged Car Thief Confronted by Victim

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email
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A car is stolen right out of the owner's driveway in Colorado Springs, and it's found just blocks from where it was taken. The man who allegedly stole the car is confronted by the owner.

Lyn Harwell tells 11 News he was waiting for officers to show up when the alleged car thief got into the stolen car again. So Harwell, against advice from the 911 operator, confronted him.

"My car was stolen this morning and I found it," Harwell said to the 911 operator. He found his car because his insurance company told him stolen cars are often located within a few blocks of where they were taken. "I took a random turn down a street, I got a couple of blocks and low and behold there's my car," said Harwell.

While he was on the line with the 911 dispatcher, the alleged car thief came out of a nearby house, and walked straight to Harwell's stolen Infinity.

“Hold on, he's getting in my car,” Harwell told the operator. “Sir, that's my car don't get in there,” Harwell is heard, on the 911 recording, yelling to the alleged thief. “The police are coming right now. He's trying to get in my car. He's taking off in my car."

"Do not follow him sir, you don't know if he has a weapon in the car," advised the operator.

Harwell followed that advice, and didn't follow his car. "I was pretty stressed out," he said. "I just wanted to stop him, I wanted to say don't, stop, the police are on their way."

Harwell says he would do things differently next time. "I would probably leave that to the police," he said.

Harwell's insurance will take care of the damage done to the car. Meanwhile, police are still investigating the theft.

And police warn, not to confront any criminals because it can be very dangerous. Also, if your car is stolen and you find it, don't touch it. You may be damaging evidence.

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