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Couple suspected of stealing two cars left running to warm up in chilly Colorado Springs

By: matt steiner matt.steiner@gazette.com
January 31, 2014 Updated: January 31, 2014 at 1:15 pm
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Colorado Springs police are looking for a man and a woman suspected of stealing two cars on Friday - both left unoccupied by their owners to warm up. The second vehicle was later involved in a hit-and-run accident, police said.

According to Colorado Springs Police spokesperson Lt. Catherine Buckley, the couple stole a 2005 Ford pickup truck at about 6:30 a.m. Friday after the owner left it to warm up in the 4800 block of Turning Leaf Way in northeast Colorado Springs.

The truck was abandoned less than two hours later at the Windtree Apartments on Paragon Drive, where two people stole a gray Nissan Xterra that had been left running and unoccupied. Not long after, the Xterra was apparently involved in a hit-and-run crash, striking another vehicle and a pole, Buckley said.

Police believe the pair is driving the Xterra with the Colorado license plate "185UGD."

Neither of the vehicles' owners was cited for "puffing," even though leaving a car unattended while running to warm it up is against the law and could mean a $60 ticket and a court date. Buckley recommends people not leave a running car unattended, "not even for a second."

Anyone with information that can help investigators is asked to call police at 444-7000.

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