Puffing vehicle theft leads to arrest of man with 35 felony charges


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FORT COLLINS, Colo. – A man arrested for vehicle theft on Tuesday morning had multiple warrants for his arrest, Fort Collins Police reported.

Tuesday morning at 4:43 a.m., Fort Collins Police received a call from a man reporting that his car had been stolen.

After starting his car, the man went back into his home leaving the car puffing and then reportedly heard the sound of a door closing and his vehicle driving off.

A short time later, police found the stolen car and saw a man and a woman running from the area.  Officers were able to apprehend the woman and brought her in for questioning.

The man with her was identified as 37-year-old, Ian Packer.  Officers concluded that Packer was a suspect in incidents from the day before (Nov. 30) that Loveland Police were actively investigating.

Police searched a nearby parking garage for the suspect and officers noticed an open door at the Women’s Clinic and decided to search the building.

They found items taken from the stolen vehicle in the clinic, which indicated that Packer had been in the building.  Officers then evacuated the building to conduct another search, but did not locate the suspect.

Later that day, officers found Packer in the 700 block of East Myrtle and after a brief foot pursuit, Packer was taken into custody by Fort Collins police for vehicle theft.

The fugitive was booked in the Larimer County Jail with four no-bond warrants.

Packer also has 35 felony charges from Yuma County, Colo., including attempted murder, according to Fort Collins Police.

Charges from the Fort Collins Police Department were pending.

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