Man injured after stealing car, driving through businesses

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Workers cleaning up front lobby of the US Bank in Greeley

Workers cleaning up the front lobby of a US Bank in Greeley after a car crashed through it Saturday

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GREELEY, Colo. – A 19-year-old is in the hospital after stealing a car and driving it through several businesses Saturday, according to police.

According to Sgt. Susie West of the Greeley Police Department, Robert Eugene Sandoval from Evans tried to break into more than a dozen cars before stealing a Mitsubishi Eclipse with the keys inside.

Police said they received a call just before 4 a.m. that a car had driven through the glass doors at the Sears store in the Greeley Mall. Authorities said Sandoval stole merchandise inside the store and then drove through the doors of Bittersweet Liquors located on 35th Avenue and 10th Street in Western Greeley.

Sandoval continued his joyride when he drove into the lobby of a nearby US Bank, where police said he drove in one side and back out the other, causing at least $40,000 in damage. Police said there was no apparent burglary inside the bank, but a license plate was left behind.

Police said they got a call about a damaged Eclipse heading down 10th street at a high rate of speed. Officers found the car in an irrigation ditch just west of 35th Avenue, where they said it sheared a utility pole and crashed nose-down in a ditch.

Sandoval was taken into custody and transported to the hospital for injuries. He will face multiple charges after he is able to leave the hospital, according to police.

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