Woman dragged as thief steals her car

Published: Oct. 25, 2016 at 12:28 AM MDT
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UPDATE (10/25, 12:23 p.m.)

Police say they gave located the stolen Jeep.


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Colorado Springs woman says she was filling up one of her tires with air when a thief jumped in, grabbed her keys and took off, dragging her along with the car.

Kaitlynn Sartor says that she was at the Kum and Go on the corner South Nevada and Las Vegas Road Monday night, filling up the tires on her 1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport. Suddenly, a man climbed into the driver door and grabbed her keys off of her bag, hidden under a sweatshirt on the floor of the Jeep.

"When I started putting air in the tires, I felt a kind of sharp -- felt the car do a kind of shake number, so I got up, I went around to the other side, and I told him to 'stop, get out of the car!'

"He didn't listen to me, grabbed the keys and started it. He pushed me away, and then I grabbed onto the Jeep...he started to drive and I held on to it, and I was trying to get him to stop. I was yelling at him, smacking on the windows, trying to get him to stop and pull over."

Sartor said the thief dragged her that way for close to a block: clinging to the passenger-side door, begging for him to stop. She didn't suffer any life-threatening injuries, but was treated at the hospital for road rash and a concussion.

Sartor and her boyfriend Ryan say that the Jeep was the only mode of transportation they had for themselves and Sartor's three young daughters. Their other car was totaled in an accident.

Along with the Jeep, Sartor's purse was also taken, with her credit cards and Social Security card inside.

She's relieved far more precious cargo was not in the vehicle at the time: her daughters. She was on her way to pick them up when the Jeep was stolen.

"It freaks me out, because I love my kids and I wouldn't want anything to happen to them. ... It scares me just to think, 'what if they were in there?'"

Sartor and her boyfriend are now asking for the public's help in tracking down the SUV. The Jeep has several recognizable bumper stickers on the back (see article picture) and damage to the passenger side.

According to Sartor, the suspect was at least 5-foot-5, maybe taller, heavyset ("about 230, 250 pounds") and was wearing a black and white baseball cap, a black hoodie, and carrying a black and white backpack. He was reportedly a white man.

Colorado Springs police are looking at surveillance video from the gas station to see if it caught any of the crime.

If you have any information, or see the forest green, 1995 Jeep Cherokee Sport, license plate number 673-QQX, call police right away.