Brazen crime in broad daylight: Car stolen off Westminster lot

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

WESTMINSTER, Colo. -- A thief stole a vehicle off a car lot at Stan's Auto Sales on Monday.

It happened just after noon Monday at Stans Auto Sales at 72nd & Newton.

“It was parked right here in the driveway,” said Stan Martin, owner of Stan’s Auto Sales at West 72nd Avenue and Newton Street.

“We were sitting right here on the bench,” salesman Fred Liberato said. “Just noticed a guy walking down the sidewalk real casual. He got in one of the cars, a 2006 Chevy Suburban."

“I think that's pretty brazen. He did it right in front of five or six employees,” Martin said.

Martin said the keys to the 2006 blue Suburban were in the ignition for less than 30 seconds and it was parked in the sight of three surveillance cameras.

Liberato describes the suspect as a Hispanic male in his early 20s, approximately 5-foot-7 with a thin build. He was wearing a brown coat, a baseball cap and sunglasses.

Liberato said he looked at the man as he was speeding out.

“I ran out into the street and tried stopping him, but by that time he had put it in drive and by the time I got to the car, he was going pretty fast so I couldn’t get him to stop it,” he said.

The Suburban is priced at $10,000. To this small, independent car shop, it’s a theft that really hits home.

“Its a lot of money. I’ve got 16 employees. We’re all trying to feed our families. It's hard to take that kind of hit,” Martin said.

Martin filed a report with the Westminster Police Department. He is also offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the man who committed the crime.