Some Steal Cars Just For A Short Time in Summit County

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

Breckenridge, Colo. (AP) There’s an unusual rash of car thefts in Summit County - people who steal cars but leave them a few miles away unscathed.

It’s a type of crime called “car borrowing.” And police in Summit County say that over the last two years, a full third of cars reported stolen turn up a short distance away.

To cut down on the problem, police are turning to some old-fashioned advice: don’t leave the keys sitting in the car.

Summit County Sheriff John Minor says overall crime in Summit County can be reduced by 10 percent if residents would simply lock the doors to their homes and cars and remove valuables from their cars when they aren’t in use.

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