Larimer County authorities searching for armed and dangerous car theft suspect

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. — Authorities in northern Colorado are searching for a man suspected of stealing a van in Larimer County late Tuesday morning.

He is believed to be armed and dangerous.

The incident started just before 11:30 a.m. near the intersection of Highway 287 and Larimer County Road 17, about five miles south of Loveland.

Colorado State Patrol trooper Josh Lewis said a black pickup truck that appeared to be disabled was found. A male driver and female passenger were inside.

The CSP figured out the vehicle had been reported stolen. When backup arrived, the driver got out of the truck and ran away with a firearm.

He then stole a white Ford Transit van with dark windows that was parked in a construction zone. It has a Colorado license plate of QZF-225, the CSP said.

The female passenger was detained and is being questioned, according to the CSP.

The suspect is described as a white male with red hair in his 30s. He is approximately 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.

The CSP said he was seen with a dirty shirt and a bandage on his arm. Authorities are asking anyone who sees him to call 911.

The CSP said a number of agencies are looking for the suspect. They are searching the entire area on the ground and with aircraft.