Another “Puffer” Vehicle Stolen in Grand Junction; Don’t Leave Your Car Running Unattended #GVCopBeat #puffercars
Tonight the Grand Junction Police Department is investigating another stolen vehicle case, and we again believe it was “puffing” at the time it was stolen. This is in addition to the handful of “puffer” vehicles stolen earlier this week and last weekend. (Previously released information can be found here).
“Puffing” got its name from the puff of exhaust seen coming from vehicles left running in cold temperatures. When these vehicles are left unattended they become easy targets for car thieves.
In tonight’s incident, a driver left his SUV running unattended in the 2800 block of Texas Ave. He only ran inside for a few minutes before coming back out to find the SUV was gone.
A GJPD officer spotted the stolen vehicle just a few minutes later and began a traffic stop, but the driver fled. The officer did not pursue it. Several minutes later we received a report of a crash at Brittany Dr. and Normandy Dr. It appears the driver of the stolen car crashed into a parked car near that intersection. The person or persons inside the stolen car ran off.
At this time we do not know if this case is related to the other stolen vehicle cases from this week. We are still investigating.
If you have any information about the suspects in this case, or others from this week, you can provide the information anonymously by calling Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
DON’T BECOME A VICTIM OF AUTO THEFT. REMEMBER TO ALWAYS TURN OFF YOUR CAR, LOCK YOUR DOORS, AND TAKE YOUR KEYS WITH YOU.
Learn how to prevent auto theft at lockdownyourcar.org.