Police warn against puffer cars after another theft

5:47 PM, Jan 4, 2014   |    comments
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Stolen car is describe as a black Audi A4 wagon with a thule box.

ENGLEWOOD - Police are searching for a puffer car that was stolen from an Englewood neighborhood on Saturday morning.

As temperatures drop, authorities are warning drivers about puffer cars saying the threat of having them stolen is very real.

James Erwin left his car running and went back inside his South Lincoln Street home for a few minutes before he noticed his car, a black Audi A4 wagon with a thule box, was gone.

"This has got to be a joke," Erwin said, "I just picked up the phone and started calling 911."

Erwin and a couple of officers looked around, but even with the snow serving as a way to track the car, they had no luck.

Englewood Police want to remind drivers not to leave their cars running unattended. Three puffer cars were reported stolen on Thursday in Wheat Ridge and police believe there are thieves targeting puffer cars by driving through neighborhoods. Erwin said unattended vehicles are a common sight in his neighborhood.

"I saw probably six to eight cars being warmed up, just driving around the city."

Leaving a car running while unattended is illegal. Police say officers patrolling neighborhoods will leave notices on puffer cars.

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