Car Thefts In Colorado Springs

By: Lauri Martin
By: Lauri Martin

Investigators are still hoping someone will come forward on a story we first aired Sunday night on KKTV 11 news. An SUV was stolen, stripped and then set on fire.

Car thefts seem to be a prevalent problem here in Colorado Springs. Police said there are amateurs who steal cars just to take them for a ride and then there are pros who steal for a living.

In black and white surveillance video from an apartment complex, you can watch first-hand an SUV get completely stripped and set on fire. The suspects go to town on the Ford Expedition, which is just feet from Platte Avenue. On the tape, cars were driving by and no one spotted the suspects stripping down this SUV. Police said, maybe that's because no one pays attention, especially since 1,742 cars were stolen in the Springs last year alone.

Sgt. Mike Freeman works in the Sand Creek Division with the Springs Police Dept. He said they’ve had 9 car thefts in the last 6 days. “A lot of them has to do with meth. The suspects will switch vehicles, whatever they see as opportunities.”

Police said to take precautions and don't keep your keys inside your car. And never leave it running unattended because that's when criminals jump on the opportunity.


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