Longmont Police Investigate Three ‘puffer’ Thefts in Three Days

January 25, 2018 GMT

Car thieves in Longmont have made off with three vehicles left running with unlocked doors since Monday, Longmont police announced in a Facebook post.

Police said thieves stole one vehicle a day since Monday, and five of the vehicles have been swiped in January so far. Vehicles that are left running and unlocked are often referred to as “puffers,” because of the exhaust that becomes more visible in cold weather.

It is illegal to leave a car running unattended on public streets, but police do not recommend doing it on private property either, even if the doors are locked or the car has a remote starter.

In 2014, Ryan Stone stole an unattended car with a 4-year-old child in the back seat from a Longmont gas station and led police on a high-speed chase during which he ran down and critically injured a Colorado State trooper and carjacked two other vehicles. He was later sentenced to 160 years in prison.

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