Suspect sought in car theft

A fast-food restaurant receipt left in a car stolen either Sunday or Monday from the Clifton Park-N-Ride has led investigators with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office to circulate surveillance images of a possible suspect.

The stolen vehicle — a 1988 Buick LeSabre believed taken from the west Park-N-Ride lot at 3235 Interstate 70 Business Loop Frontage Road — turned up abandoned on the side of the road at the Colorado/Kansas state line, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Inside the car, deputies found a receipt from the Taco Bell restaurant in Clifton believed to belong to the suspect.

He is described as a man with a goatee wearing a hat, glasses, a white shirt and a jacket.

The time on the video of the suspect making the purchase at the Taco Bell matches with the time stamp on a receipt found in the recovered vehicle, according to investigators.

Anyone who recognizes the suspect, or has information about the crime, is asked to contact the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office at 242-6707 or Crime Stoppers at 241-7867.

Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn anonymous tipsters up to a $1,000 cash reward.


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