Caught on Tape: 'Puffing' Car Stolen

By: Rick Montanez Email
By: Rick Montanez Email

"It literally happened in about 90 seconds."

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It was an easy getaway for a couple of car thieves Tuesday morning. The crooks stole a car that was left empty and running, which is also called ‘puffing.’ The crime was caught on tape by a security camera.

The owners of the car admit they messed up. They told 11 News they thought their neighborhood was safe.

"It literally happened in about 90 seconds," said Kara Nina Fournier.

Surveillance video shows a car driving down the street. The 2006 Mitsubishi Lancer was taken right out of Fournier's driveway. "That's our only car," she said.

Moments before the theft, Fournier said she joked with her husband, Reggie Ramirez, that the car was gone and when the couple looked outside it really was.

"I turned my back to grab my coat and get in the car and I turned around and it was gone," Fournier said.

In the video, the car is blocked from view by the garage overhang. A dark-colored minivan is seen pulling up along the street. When it parks someone gets out and walks toward Fournier’s car. Moments later the car is seen being driven off, and the van follows close behind.

The crime was caught on tape by a security camera mounted across the street. It was installed a year ago when Fournier’s neighbor was burglarized.

"He captured it on his surveillance, we were lucky that he did," said Ramirez.

The couple admits their car probably wouldn't have been taken if it wasn’t left ‘puffing,’ which is illegal.

"You have to be more alert, more aware,” Ramirez said. “You have to be more responsible, which I was not responsible."

They now have to wait to see if their insurance will even cover the loss, since they were breaking the law.

Anyone with information about this crime should call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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