Elderly woman turns to Problem Solvers after ‘good Samaritan’ steals her car

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NORTHGLENN, Colo. -- An elderly woman in Northglenn needs help after someone stole her purse and car while pretending to be a good Samaritan.

It happened about 1:15 p.m. Tuesday at the Aspen Park Apartments (301 Malley Drive).

Olive Martinez, 77, got out of her car and was walking to her apartment when a young man approached and offered to help carry her groceries. She let him into her apartment and set her purse on a chair.

"He seemed real nice and everything," she said.

However, when she turned around the man was gone and so was her purse. Martinez then grabbed her cane and tried to hurry outside. Her upstairs neighbor heard her crying for help.

"She's like, 'He stole my purse,'" said Mary Ramson, who lives upstairs. "It was crazy. I couldn't believe something like that had just happened."

The two went inside to call police and Martinez's stepdaughter, assuming the nightmare was over. However, when they walked back outdoors five minutes later, they received an even bigger surprise.

The thief hadn't left. He had found Martinez's keys and was speeding away in her Ford Focus.

"I saw the brake lights and it pulling out," Ramson said. "I haven't seen anyone tear out of that parking lot that quick."

Ramson sprang into action and ran after the car hoping to stop the thief, but it was too late.

"I ran all the way out to the fence and probably would have kept running if I could have," she said.

Now Martinez is not without just her car, but also her insulin, her credit cards and several stuffed animals she keeps in the back seat, items of little monetary value, but a ton of significance.

"I just didn't know what to think about it, what he did, because I've never ever had anything like this happen to me before," Martinez said.

"That's just sick. I don't understand how people can just do that to each other. That could be your mom. That could be your grandma," Ramson said.

Martinez's family is hoping a FOX31 viewer will help them find the thief. The car is a red, four-door Ford Focus with Colorado license plate number 811-W15. A couple of neighbors got a good look at the man.

He's described as being white or Hispanic, in his late teens or early 20s and around 5-foot-9. He also was carrying a radio and a camouflage backpack.

If you know him or spot the car, call Northglenn police.

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