AURORA, Colo. -- A family's truck was stolen from a driveway that was caught on camera.
The Aurora Police Department is investigating a rash of truck thefts near Tower Road and East Colfax Avenue.
Officers say criminals are particularly targeting diesel trucks, stealing mostly Ford and Dodge models. But this time the surveillance cameras caught the alleged criminals in the act.
“You just feel a cold chill over you,” Tom Debaillon said.
While Debaillon was asleep inside his home, thieves made fast work outside. A man popped the lock on the truck door, then hopped in to get to work on the ignition switch.
“He jammed a screwdriver in and was able to start it, all within a matter of four minutes,” Debaillon said.
The alleged crooks drove off in Debaillon’s diesel Silverado. Hours later, police located the truck. It was dumped in a parking lot, but it was in rough shape.
“They did a lot of damage to my rear tire, blew it up, shredded it. They caused over $4,000 in damage,” Debaillon said.
Debaillon posted on his neighborhood group app to warn others, only to find out he’s not the only victim.
“My neighbor had his vehicle stolen, his dash all broke up. I thought well, am I going to be next?” Robert Moisse said.
“There’s been a trend lately with pickups because of parts they can strip off of them,” Debaillon said.
Police said in the past three months in the area, there have been six vehicle thefts. For Debaillon, he’s hoping someone will recognize the suspects and help get them off the streets.
“That’s my end goal, is to see them in court and realize they made a big mistake,” Debaillon said.
Police said out of the top 10 most stolen vehicles, six are trucks.
- Honda Accord
- Honda Civic
- Ford F250
- Chevy Silverado
- Ford F350
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Dodge Ram
- Ford F150
- GMC Sierra
- Toyota Camry