Neighbor allegedly steals car to make morning beer run |

Neighbor allegedly steals car to make morning beer run


SILVERTHORNE – A Wildernest man was arrested for auto theft after he missed a Summit Stage bus and opted instead to “borrow” his neighbor’s car to go on a beer run Wednesday morning.According to Colorado State Patrol (CSP) trooper Martin Plakorus, the owner of the vehicle stopped CSP Sgt. Tim Maestas at 11:19 a.m. to report that his vehicle had been stolen within the past 10 minutes.The car had been sitting in the parking lot at Treehouse Condominiums for the past six days. The keys were in the vehicle, but not in the ignition, Plakorus said.Maestas aired a report about the stolen vehicle over the radio, and about five minutes later, spotted the car near Fiesta Jalisco in the Summit Place Shopping Center in Silverthorne.”As soon as it aired, we found the car,” Plakorus said. “It took all of 10 minutes from the time it was reported to the time we had him in custody.”The alleged car thief said he took the vehicle so he could buy beer, and that after he made his beer run, he planned to return the car. Plakorus said the man had a 12-pack of Miller Genuine Draft on the passenger seat of the vehicle.Other charges, including those related to drinking and driving, could be pending.Car thefts aren’t uncommon in the High Country, partially because people often don’t lock their vehicles and many leave their keys in the ignition.”Don’t leave your keys in the car; that’s the big thing,” Plakorus said. “We get a lot of auto theft by people who see whose cars are running, warming up.”He noted that under Colorado law, it is illegal to leave a car idling unattended – precisely because that’s when thieves will take advantage of the situation and steal the vehicle.”In this case, the keys were in the car for the past six days,” Plakorus said. “The doors were unlocked; he’d noticed that.”Jane Stebbins can be reached at (970) 668-3998, ext. 228, or at

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