Puffing case leads to standoff in Colorado Springs; 2 people in custody

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Right in the middle of puffing enforcement week, another reminder of the dangers of leaving your car running unattended.

The person who tried to warm up their car on a chilly Wednesday morning probably never dreamed the vehicle would lead to a police standoff that afternoon.

The vehicle was stolen around 10 a.m. while the owner ran back into their house. Officers spotted the car at one point and tried to follow it, but the driver got away.

Fast forward to Wednesday afternoon, and detectives tracked the suspect to a condo near Murray Boulevard and Fountain Boulevard. He barricaded himself inside the building, leading to an hour-long standoff with police.

During the standoff, residents were kept from their homes.

Two suspects were taken into custody just before 5 p.m.

The practice of leaving your car running unattended is illegal, and if caught, could earn you a $60 fine. It's also one of the leading ways cars get stolen.

"In about four to seven seconds, your car could be gone. Even when you think you have it locked, breaking a window happens quickly and the car is moving down the roadway," said Lt. Howard Black, the spokesperson for the Colorado Springs Police Department.

In some cases, police say the thieves just go on a joyride -- but far more frequently, the stolen cars are used in other crimes.